Training solar energy’s future workforce

Partnership between Kirkwood, NextEra Energy aims to meet growing demand for solar technicians

Kirkwood Energy Production and Distribution students Michael Zumsande (left) and Glody Nzambi Bwanzi (right) use equipment to test a solar panel during a training session held on Kirkwood’s main campus in Cedar Rapids on March 21. CREDIT KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

It’s no secret that renewable energy generation has experienced exponential growth despite rising costs for critical materials used to make solar panels and wind turbines. As a result, new renewable power capacity was predicted to rise to 290 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2021.  That number surpasses the previous all-time high set in 2020, […]

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