Approximately 240,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are unable to find work. However a new trend by green energy companies is hoping to change this. Columbus based Tipping Point Renewable Energy is hiring only military veterans for its installation crews. The idea for Tipping Point’s Solar by Soldiers program, started this summer, was inspired in part by chief technical officer Darin Hadinger’s father, a Vietnam War veteran.
The renewable energy industry is growing at a blistering pace and military veterans are finding that they can put some of their skills and training to use within this industry. U.S. Veterans generally get technical training that is lacking in the civilian workforce.
The number of projects providing solar energy more than doubled in the U.S. from 2008 to 2010. In that time, the amount of solar energy generated increased from enough to power 1.4 million homes in 2008 to 3.2 million homes in 2010. Wind energy has increased 1.5 times in capacity over the same time, able to power 39 million homes in 2010, up from 25 million in 2008.