A female teacher extends her hands next to a student sign thanking SSF for their solar panels.

Education & Workforce Programs

Bringing Clean Energy Into the Classroom & Paying Solar Jobs to Students

Education & Workforce Programs

The essence of Secure Solar Futures lies in our understanding of what solar energy really is: the power to do good work. We enable educational institutions to create more efficient and affordable energy production to power the next generation. We are a partner in innovation that replaces traditional energy investment loss with a new model of leadership: reducing energy costs, and freeing up capital to hire teachers and faculty while investing in classrooms, labs and facilities for our shared future.

After colleges and schools go solar with us on campus, we help them make the most of their clean energy with materials, training and other resources to make it easy to turn solar power into an exciting educational opportunity for their students. And all at no extra cost.

Throwing Solar Shade®

Our unique program to help high school students learn STEM skills through hands-on interaction with their school’s solar energy system was developed with a leading climate scientist and a top university school of education. Learn More…

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Workforce Development

Solar is one of the fastest growing industries today and solar companies are hungry for qualified workers. Together with high schools and community colleges, we train students for jobs as solar technicians. Learn More…

Sample Projects

  • Students take a drone photo of themselves as they fly the craft above a school in Augusta County, Virginia.

    Augusta County Schools

    A curriculum that evolves with the sun in Augusta

    3.7 MEGAWATTS

    Solar panels on campus have helped Augusta County’s schools integrate clean energy into their curricula through the Throwing Solar Shade® program.

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  • Solar panels are seen on multiple parts of the roof on a Richmond City Schools campus.

    Richmond City Schools

    Seeing the future in Virginia’s capital

    2.87 MEGAWATTS

    Along with the installation of solar panels on 10 campuses, Richmond Public Schools received a $100,000 grant from the RVA Solar Fund.

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  • Apprentice solar technician wearing a white hard hat and an orange shirt.

    Wise County Schools

    A workforce running on clean energy

    3.2 megawatts

    At Wise County Schools in Southwest Virginia coal country, solar will save $7.5 million while a workforce development program trains students as solar technicians.

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