Clean Energy Opportunity Diversity Scholars Announced for Training in Solar and Energy Efficiency


Recipients to receive workforce development training in solar and energy efficiency

July 11 , 2017 – Raleigh, N.C.- The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University is pleased to announce  the recipients of  the Clean Energy Opportunity Diversity Scholarship for two professional certification classes in solar photovoltaic design and installation and building energy efficiency.

Ten applicants have been selected to receive the two 40-hour trainings to be conducted at Halifax Community College. This unique opportunity, provided with support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, is focused on historically underrepresented applicants in eastern North Carolina. The  aim of the training is to increase diversity within the state’s clean energy sector. According to the Solar Foundation’s Solar Jobs Census Map, North Carolina is ranked eighth in the United States for creating solar jobs.Nationally, African Americans represent only 6.6 percent of the solar workforce, the lowest of all groups.

“I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to learn a new skill, fill a gap in the industry and be a part of an industry that is changing the future,” said Enessia Jones, a scholarship recipient and a single mother of two from Halifax County.

The scholarship recipients range in age, education and life experience.  Six recipients  live in Halifax, while the others are coming from Washington, Pasquotank, Bertie and Northampton Counties. The scholars have a variety of experience ranging from graduate degrees to early college enrollment, and include teaching, management and technical skills.

The selection process was competitive. NCCETC received more applications than expected for both of the 40-hour workshops. Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Design and Installation training will be offered July 17-21, and a Building Analyst  training will be held September 25-29. The trainings will provide a mix of classroom and hands-on experience, and once training is complete, participants will take nationally recognized professional exams from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) to earn a BPI certification and a NABCEP Associate designation.

An advisory committee helped guide the NCCETC in developing the scholarship, recruiting eligible students and assisting in identifying subsequent internships or employment. In addition to Halifax Community College (HCC), Martin Community College, and the Center for Energy Education, the committee includes representatives from Wilson Energy, Roanoke Electric Coop, Choanoke Area Development Association, the NC Justice Center, Strata Solar, and the NC Sustainable Energy Association. “We are especially grateful to the recruitment help provided by HCC’s P.R.I.D.E group as well as organizations such as the Center for Energy Education and Strata Solar who are offering to interview and potentially employ some of the scholars after their training,” said NCCETC’s Special Projects Program Manager Anne Tazewell

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Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center,

About the NC Clean Energy Technology Center
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: Twitter: @NCCleanTech