With approximately 240,000 veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars returning home unable to secure employment, energy staffing is likely to provide a spark thanks to a number of recently introduced programs.
The Associated Press reports many companies and groups across the country are dedicated to placing veterans in green energy positions. One such program, titled Troops to Energy Jobs, is headed by five of the largest energy providers in the country and offers training and college credits for military experience.
According to the news source, energy staffing is growing significantly, particularly on the backs of solar and wind power. Between 2008 and 2010, the number of projects providing solar energy more than doubled, with wind energy gaining 1.5 times as much capacity in that same period, the AP reported.
In South Carolina, one company announced recently that it plans to invest $18 million to establish a new solar manufacturing facility that will reportedly bring 200 new energy jobs to Cherokee County, reported the Spartanburg Herald Journal.