Sun shines on staffing services as solar market grows


Sun shines on staffing services as solar market grows
Sun shines on staffing services as solar market grows

Staffing agencies are increasingly turning to the world of solar power to help integrators and developers perform the installation work that would have otherwise been contracted.

As a leading energy staffing provider, Aerotek will be heading to the Solar Power International Convention 2012 in Orlando, Florida, on September 10-13th. By engaging with up-and-coming solar developers, staffing services can allow companies to win projects way beyond the scope of their current workforce without the retained overhead of full-time employees.

The temporary staffing industry's foray into the solar industry comes at an appropriate time, with the U.S. Department of Energy awarding millions of dollars in grants to develop new solar resources.

According to Domestic Fuel, the DOE announced on August 29 it would provide $10 million to develop concentrating wind power, and one day later, said five more awards would be given to organizations as a part of the agency's SunShot Initiative. These funds will be used to research ways to lower the costs associated with photovoltaic and concentrating solar technology.

Those who receive the grants - which include industry experts, universities and national laboratories - will work together using some of the most advanced tools on the market, including x-ray sources, accelerators, supercomputers and nanoscale research centers.

"The past decade has seen explosive growth in the global solar energy market. American companies are helping to lead this dramatic progress – driving lower costs and introducing new, better performing technologies into the marketplace," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "These collaborative projects announced today harness the immense capabilities of our Scientific User Facilities to invent and deploy new technologies that will strengthen American manufacturing and technical competitiveness."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report "Careers in Solar Power," solar power is becoming more cost-effective every year, resulting in more installations and, in turn, more opportunities for employment. These jobs entail assembling, installing or maintaining solar photovoltaic systems, which requires skilled workers who can measure, cut, assemble and bolt structural framing and solar modules.

Aerotek will be exhibiting at Solar Power International Convention 2012 in Orlando, FL taking place September 10-13th. Visit Aerotek at booth #2957.

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