Communications Director
Solar San Antonio
• San Antonio is a hotspot for solar and other types of renewable energy. Texas is one of the top states for solar energy production.
• The Alamo Colleges and the University of Texas at San Antonio have created alternative energy programs, including a program for solar installers.
• The Texas Solar Energy Society is a great place to look for job and networking opportunities. This organization hosts the Renewable Energy Roundup and Sustainable Living Fair, a three day event that might be the best solar networking opportunity in Texas.
Solar San Antonio is a non-profit that works to educate San Antonio's public, goverment, and business communities on the benefits of solar energy. The organization hosts events, provides information about solar rebates, and offers training and job information.
Vice President For Communications And Government Affairs
EDP Renewables
• As an industry leader, EDP Renewables employs a team of over 300. While smaller companies look for wind energy generalists, to a degree, job openings at EDP Renewables consist mostly of technical positions.
• Current openings call for a high level of expertise. Core competencies among the companies team members span operations, transmission, integration, science, and engineering.
• EDP Renewables offers internships as opportunities arise. Internships provide an excellent footing for a career in the energy sector. Visit the company website for more information.
EDP Renewables is a leading renewable energy company, bringing hundreds of megawatts of clean energy online around the country every year. Around 200 megawatts were produced this year, despite a down economy, with an additional 200 megawatts projected for the upcoming year. Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs Roby Roberts said that when it comes to making clean energy a competitive player in the overall energy market, EDP renewable is a leader. "We are very active in the industry. We have a robust policy and regulatory group, which is extremely important, and we're active with regional clean energy advocates."

EDP Renewables was an early supporter of green business practices, as their Houston office demonstrated, being the first LEED-CI Silver rated project in the city. "We believe in walking the talk," Roberts said, "We want to be as consistent as we can to promote the values that define us." Houston has a consolidated energy presence, and companies like EDP Renewables provide a competitive job market for green collar professionals.
Business Manager
Solar Energy International
• Take classes at Solar Energy International. Workshops are offered in solar, thermal, green building, and even hydro technologies. Classes are offered in twelve locations around the US.
• Roofers can improve their skills by taking classes in solar energy installation.
• Solar energy installation and commercial size energy efficiency projects are the hottest areas of green technology.
Solar Energy International has been providing education in solar and other renewable energy technologies for 20 years. They have become one of the premiere institutions for accredited renewable energy workshops and offer classes in a number of locations.

Business manager Sandy Pickard highlighted the important work this non-profit does through their educational mission. Solar Energy International has expanded to include workshops in solar electric, solar thermal, micro-hydro, and wind energy. Classes are also offered online.
VP Sales And Marketing
Native Energy
• Look at social responsibility positions in large companies. Many companies are concerned about our energy future and their public image. Corporate responsibility positions will continue to be an area of continued job growth.
• Ceres (ceres.org) is a good place to look for companies interested in sustainability. BSR (The Business of a Better World) is an extensive network of sustainable companies and a good resource for job seekers.
• Check out schools with green and sustainability programs. The University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and St. Michael's College have excellent environmental programs.
Native Energy is a developer and seller of carbon credits. Carbon credits allow for the funding of renewable energy projects and reduce the amount of energy required from fossil fuels. When a company buys carbon offsets they are funding a project such as a wind farm or a methane digester and thus offsetting the effect of their own pollution. In the last 10 years, Native Energy clients have helped build a remarkable 48 projects including wind, biogas, and solar.
Executive Director
North Texas Chapter Green Building Council
• Volunteer at organizations like the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC has chapters in most large metropolitan areas. The American Institute of Architecture is also a good place to find information.
• Updates in building code will drive new jobs in green building. Cities are adopting stricter building green building codes. Many cities now require LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings for new city-owned construction projects.
• The ability to find the ROI (Return on Investment) for a project is a very valuable skill in the green building industry.
The U.S Green Building Council is a national non-profit organization that works to promote sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. The North Texas chapter of the (USGBC) is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is led by Executive Director Jonathan Kraatz.
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