DOE seeks industry feedback on issues related to solar manufacturing workers



The US Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is made a request for information (RFI) seeks feedback on challenges and opportunities related to scaling the domestic solar energy industry’s workforce.

SETO solicits input from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on job duties related to the operations of US-based manufacturing facilities that produce:

  • photovoltaic modules (including crystalline silicon and thin film)
  • semiconductor materials and components (e.g. silicon metal, polysilicon, ingots, wafers, cells)
  • materials used to build the PV modules (e.g. solar glass, frames, encapsulating materials, backplanes, etc.)
  • other equipment related to photovoltaic systems (e.g. inverters, power optimizers, racks, monitoring devices)

SETO says the goal of the RFI is to better understand the expected quantity, quality and availability of solar manufacturing jobs, the skills required for these roles, potential barriers likely to affect the demand for qualified labor, and potential solutions to overcome those barriers.

Responses to the RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than June 2 at 5 p.m. ET.

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