ReVision Energy Training Center
In response to society’s rapidly increasing demand for solar electricity and complementary zero-emission technologies, ReVision Energy has launched its new ReVision Energy Training Center (ReVision Tech). Our state-certified training and education program, the first of its kind in the nation, provides the educational hours required for electrical licensure in Maine and New Hampshire.
As northern New England embraces ‘beneficial electrification‘ in the form of solar electricity combined with heat pumps, battery storage, electric vehicle charging and LED lighting, ReVision Tech significantly elevates the opportunity for our employee-owners to earn valuable trade skills and licensing that will set them up for a lifetime of success in the electrical trade.
State and federal regulations concerning the installation of solar electric systems and complementary technologies are becoming increasingly stringent, requiring the majority of our clean tech installation work to be done almost exclusively by licensed electricians with the help of registered apprentices, in very specific license-to-apprentice ratios. ReVision Tech was developed as a way to resolve the acute shortage of licensed electricians in New England, and to inspire our employee-owners to further their electrical skills.
Fostering employees’ personal and professional growth is embedded in our core values. ReVision Tech is our most innovative expression of this core value, and we are certain that our new school will play a crucial role in accelerating our long-term mission to transition northern New England from a fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable, renewable energy based economy.
First in the Country Approach to Technical Training
ReVision Energy is the first solar company in the country to launch a dedicated and state-certified electrical training program. Not only does ReVision Energy cover the cost for our employee-owners, but we also provide the program in-house, in order to provide our installation team with the best education possible. As an in-house program, ReVision Tech is the most worker-friendly registered apprenticeship program available. The program has been designed to provide a better work/life balance than previous options.
Conventional trade schools often require students to attend evening classes multiple nights a week, which creates extended days for workers who are already working in the field full-time. By combining online work with in-person training scheduled around work obligations, we are able to provide a much more reasonable schedule for our employee-owners.
Program Director Vaughan Woodruff, who joined ReVision with the merging of worker-owned Insource Renewables, has broad experience in the local and national solar industry with a focus on developing training and technical instruction. He has developed and delivered training to assist instructors from New England high schools, community colleges, labor unions, and universities to integrate solar into their technical training programs. He has developed and conducted solar training for Solar Energy International and Heatspring and provided code official training to inspectors and solar professionals.
Currently, in New Hampshire, ReVision Tech is a 4-year program to become eligible for your Journeyman Electrical License. In Maine, it is a 2-year program for a Limited Electrical License. In Massachusetts, a similar program is projected to begin in 2019.
The Need for Trained Electrical Work
There is a nationwide shortage of electricians due to a higher rate of retiring electricians than new workers entering the trade, combined with a now-booming construction industry.
Solar is only one of many industries competing for skilled electricians, and has its own impressive growth — ReVision Energy, for example, has grown consistently by 20-26% annually every year we’ve been in business. Solar nationwide now employs over 250,000 people.
Being an electrician for a solar company involves a special set of skills and ReVision Tech is designed to support both a core general set of electrical trades skills, as well as the specialty knowledge solar electricians need. An important aspect of solar vs. other electrical work is that solar workers tend to find the mission-focus of the work more satisfying than generalist electrical work.
Nearly 90% of millenials want a job with a company whose mission aligns with their personal values.
The transition to a solar-powered economy is just starting to hit scale, with solar having dropped in price by over 80% in the last ten years, and now being cost-competitive when pitted side-by-side with more traditional alternatives. As the grid rapidly transforms from a centralized, fossil-fuel powered system to a decentralized, ‘internet of things’ model powered by solar, a dramatically larger pool of skilled electrical workers is needed to build the grid of the future.
ReVision Tech was built to support these workers in gaining the skills they need to have a meaningful, impactful career in the electrical trades.