Solar power seminars slated

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By Special to the Monitor

HELP-New Mexico, Inc. announced that it will have a workforce training seminar on the design and installation demonstration of solar photovoltaic system, the second of six 40 hour workforce trainings throughout the State of New Mexico. 

HELP-New Mexico, a statewide community-based organization, a community action agency and a faith based organization reports that the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) will bring long term positive effects by providing 150 eligible adult participants with employable skills sets that are in high demand.

 The classroom and hands-on solar panel installation training will be provided by certified photovoltaic instructors and licensed electricians.

This course introduces and assists the participants in understanding the procedures for installation of photovoltaic solar panel systems, in addition to safety and proper use of tools and equipment in the hands-on class and lab sessions.This training seminar will also demonstrate the participants’ commitment to continual learning as it educates them in the skill sets that will enable them to contribute to a more environmentally responsible community and economy.

 HELP-New Mexico, Inc. is dedicated to


eligible individuals who are interested in gaining knowledge and developing skills in the area of solar photovoltaic panel design and installation. This skills set will enable participants to become a marketable asset to those companies who are promoting green energy efficiency.

John Martinez, HELP-New Mexico’s Executive Director, stated that “preparing the workforce for the economy of the future, while assisting local non-profits to reduce their carbon footprint, is at the core of our mission. The solar photovoltaic workforce training sessions will begin preparing individuals with new skill sets and the ability to command higher wages, and provide the ability for local non-profits to reduce energy costs by creating electricity.”

Rita Garcia-McManus, Workforce Development Division Director, who oversees the ARRA-CSBG programs, stated she is very pleased to provide economic opportunities that strengthen families throughout New Mexico. “This is what the stimulus program is all about — helping the unemployed or low paid citizens of New Mexico through the current economic crisis with the skills needed to become self-sufficient. We are excited to have this training and the installation of these panels; it not only helps the business sector in New Mexico with energy efficiency but the community in general, which is a huge benefit for New Mexicans,” she said.

HELP-New Mexico, Inc., has contracted with New Mexico State University (NMSU) to provide the classroom instruction on the photovoltaic solar system, which is scheduled for the week of June 21-June 24 with the demonstration installation on June 25 at the HELP- New Mexico office located at 5101 Copper Avenue, NE, in Albuquerque. The training includes 32 hours of classroom, three credit hours of laboratory training (fully transferable to other universities) and eight hours of hands on installation training for approximately 30 participants. The training will culminate in the installation of the system with the students actually installing each component of the system under the observation of the instructors with full functionality of the panels.

For more information, please contact Rita Garcia-McManus, Workforce Development Division Director at 505-766-4950; Renee Baker-Archuleta, stimulus program coordinator at 505-766-4927 or Susan Sanchez, central area coordinator at 505-766-4960.