Oilpatch to Solar Field: Alberta Oil and Gas Workforce Lines Up for Solar Training

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There just aren’t enough solar training centres in Alberta to keep up with demand from former oilpatch workers, according to Randall Benson, owner of Gridworks Energy Group, an Edmonton-based company that designs, supplies and installs solar panels.

Benson, who has worked in the solar industry since the year 2000, said more training is needed to upgrade skills of Alberta’s vastly underemployed oil & gas workforce which has lost thousands of jobs in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

“We do a lot of training,” Benson told DeSmog Canada. “The interest in training is unbelievable, it’s gone up two or three fold just in the last couple of years. And it continues to grow.”

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