This is in line with the requirements of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) which was enacted by the illinois General Assembly in 2016.
The report states that ComEd produced 285 clean energy graduates in 2018, through its Solar Pipeline, Multi-cultural Job Training and Craft Apprenticeship programmes.
ComEd is investing $10 million towards the programme as from 2017, in 2021 and in 2025.
The utility has partnered with multiple training institutions including Safer Foundation, Illinois Central College, American Construction Industry Association and National Latino Education Institute.
“The vast majority of the participants – 82%– completed their training in our first year, and that tells us they’re highly motivated to take advantage of emerging opportunities in renewable energy,” said Melissa Washington, vice president of governmental and external affairs, ComEd. “We congratulate the graduates and the 11 non-profit groups that are delivering the programmes. We expect that this training will continue to gain traction as solar energy grows throughout Illinois.”
FEJA is strengthening the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard through funding of $180 million per year and growing to $220 million per year for wind power, large-scale solar, and rooftop and community solar.