The Introduction to Energy Auditing & Assessment classes will be held on four Saturdays for a total of 16 hours and runs February 13th through March 6th at WVOC.
Despite all the economic and environmental benefits of residential energy efficiency, the current infrastructure has been a major obstacle in providing comprehensive energy audits on a larger scale. The current workforce does not contain enough experienced professionals to address the numbers of new Energy Auditors needed to help retrofit California’s 13 million homes.
“…a shortage of skilled and trained persons is the leading barrier to renewable energy and energy efficiency growth.” -The National Renewable Energy Lab
Residential Energy Assessment Services (REAS), Inc. has provided energy audits and green remodeling services since 2007. The founders of REAS determined that the only way they would be able to meet the demands of growing residential retrofit programs is to develop a training curriculum to help create a local skilled workforce.
West Valley Occupational Center (WVOC) shares this vision and offers career training for a new economy and is on the forefront for providing “green” technology based classes.
This partnership between REAS and WVOC is designed to bring much needed green job opportunities to the San Fernando Valley.
“We are very excited to be afforded this opportunity to offer residential energy efficiency training and are deeply appreciative to West Valley Occupational Center for their commitment to sustainability and support towards the development of green jobs,” said Tammy Schwolsky, CEO of REAS, Inc. “We look forward to providing students with the tools necessary to become competitive in this high growth industry and empower them to become agents of change in our communities.”
Making California homes more energy efficient presents unprecedented economic opportunities for cities, communities, home owners and the local construction industry as these jobs cannot be outsourced to other countries. Green jobs require workers with new and traditional skills. The opportunity to become “upskilled” to take advantage of new technologies is crucial throughout the building trades.
• About $8 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 has been invested into state and local weatherization and energy efficiency programs.
• The United States Department of Energy will partner with state and local governments to put approximately 87,000 Americans to work in the clean energy economy, which will help families save hundreds of dollars per year on their energy bills (DOE).