Florida Power & Light Company, Veterans Florida and numerous advocacy organizations and businesses today announced a new partnership designed to link U.S. military veterans with careers in solar energy development in Florida.
Florida is home to 20 military installations and more than 1.5 million veterans, and in collaboration with our partners, FPL plans to conduct educational outreach across all branches of the military to increase awareness of growing opportunities in solar energy in Florida – including the construction of new FPL solar sites, which is expected to employ more than 1,500 people in 2017 at locations throughout Florida in various roles, including equipment operators, electricians and general laborers.
Founding members of the partnership include:
- Blattner Energy
- CareerSource Florida network
- Florida National Army & Air Guard
- Indian River State College
- NextEra Energy Inc. and Florida Power & Light Company
- Overland Contracting Inc., a Black & Veatch Company
- Veterans Council of Indian River County
- Veterans Florida
“We’re thrilled to team up with FPL to help connect veterans with potential jobs in solar energy,” said Jim Bagby, chairman of the board of directors of Veterans Florida, a non-profit corporation created by the state to help veterans transition to civilian life in Florida. “High-tech fields like renewable energy are fast-growing in Florida, and we’re committed to helping veterans prepare for their next careers. Construction of a universal solar power plant can be a great opportunity for veterans looking to transition into civilian life. By gaining on-the-job experience and taking advantage of additional training that’s not being offered elsewhere, veterans in Florida can get a leg up on their future.” Read the full press release
Veterans Florida is excited to bring this opportunity to veterans in the state, and will connect those interested with the right resources.