Vice President Of Human Resources
• Professionals working to establish a career in the solar industry can look for job openings on SunRun's jobs board at http://www.sunrunhome.com/about-sunrun/careers.
• SunRun Partners with the top regional solar installation market players around the country in order to support local green job growth.
• SunRun's San Francisco Bay Area location provides a great network of green organizations and meetups where employees can connect with other renewable energy professionals, such as Women's Environmental Network, Net Zero, and Young Professionals in Energy.
San Francisco-based SunRun has amassed a number of awards lauding their innovative business model. The company owns and installs solar systems on homeowner's roofs. This way, homeowners can switch to solar for as little as $0 and just pay a low monthly rate for power. The model makes solar increasingly affordable for homeowners, particular median income communities that until recently had been largely priced out of the solar market. The result has been a massive growth phase for the company, up by 200 percent in 2010 and continuing to grow. The company has also contributed to the solar community in the way of policy and research, writing a report on solar permitting streamlining opportunities and partnering with the Department of Energy to identify ways to bring the installation costs of solar down by $2,500 per install. These streamlining measures bring the possibility of billions of additional dollars to state economies. "We're trying to lead from the front through policy and technology, said Vice President of Human Resources Beth Steinberg, "A lot of competitors are popping up, but we've been able to attract great employees because of our credibility in the solar community."

Beth indicated that interest from professionals looking to join SunRun's team has been outstanding, with applicants that aren't offered positions still referring other contacts in their network for interviews with the company. "People have the desire to create something great, and they see that they can do that with us," Steinberg said. Unlike the majority of solar companies, SunRun has grown to the point that a number of the job openings don't require a core competency in solar, with many employees having backgrounds in software engineering. Companies like SunRun are exemplary of the growing green job market in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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.
President And Chief Executive Officer
San Diego Regional Chamber Of Commerce
• The San Diego Chamber, the largest chamber of commerce on the west coast, has a Green Business Alliance, which is a great resource for green-collar professionals looking to network.
• Both the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University have put considerable focus on sustainable energy. Look into their community partnerships for career channel ideas.
• The Urban Land Institute is very active in San Diego sustainability efforts, and are a good source for information on local networking.
When the recent recession hit San Diego, says Ruben Barrales, President of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the damage to the local economy could have been much worse. Ruben credits the local renewable energy and energy efficiency presence with helping to create some construction projects during the recession to help keep the local economy afloat. San Diego is a leading solar industry market, both in terms of municipal and private economic development. The large-scale Sunrise Powerlink project will create a transmission line linking solar, geothermal, and wind farms to San Diego Gas and Electric's grid.

A number of national and international solar manufacturing and installation companies are relocating to San Diego as a result of the increased demand for solar.

Ruben suggests the expansion of companies like Japan-based Kyocera to San Diego will provide a boost to the local green economy. Another major contributor to local green development is Cleantech San Diego, which Ruben cites as one of the top ten clean technology organizations in the world. Beyond energy projects, Ruben also pointed to the development of the Carlsbad Desalinization Plant, which will provide up to 10 percent of San Diego's water supply as the project ramps up. A second, even larger potential desalinization project is currently undergoing initial studies as well.

All of this momentum makes San Diego a prime market for green professionals.
Vice President
San Diego Environmental Professionals
• Network with local professional organizations such as the Industrial Environmental Association, the California Waste Association, the Professional Environmental Marketing Association, and the Association for Environmental and Health Sciences Foundation.
• Job seekers with a background in the hard sciences should also look into the thriving marine chemistry industry in San Diego.
• Intern like crazy! Any experiential background is key for environmental science professionals.
Roger coordinates speaking events from a pool of over 500 members running the gamut of environmental science fields, including environmental layers and consultants, waste transportation scientists, and ground water evaluation scientists. Aspiring environmental professionals can leave their resume with San Diego Environmental Professionals and are encouraged to network at speaking events.

Several energy projects and initiatives are underway in the San Diego Area. Roger pointed to a reverse osmosis plant at Camp Pendelton as a possible source of green job growth. Currently, solar installation projects dominate the green technology job pool. The city has also developed a green business certification program that will drive the green retrofitting economy in coming years.
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