AUGUSTA — During a recent Maine Climate Council meeting, the Governor’s Energy Office announced that ReVision Energy will receive a $300,000 Clean Energy Partnership Workforce Development grant.

ReVision Energy, an employee-owned solar company with offices in Montville and South Portland, will use the grant to advance workforce development and training for the clean energy field.

Funded by the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, the Clean Energy Partnership is an initiative focused on preparing more Maine people for jobs in the growing clean energy and energy efficiency fields, advancing innovation in the clean energy sector, and achieving Gov. Mills’ goal of 30,000 clean energy jobs in Maine by 2030. It will enhance the pipeline of skilled workforce in the clean energy fields, helping the state to meet the goals and outcomes identified in the December 2020 report “Maine Won’t Wait.”

According to a press release from the company, with this grant ReVision Energy will increase the visibility of clean energy careers, develop tools to assist job-seekers and students in the identification of solar career pathways, develop and deliver trainings and apprenticeships resulting in industry-recognized credentials, provide hands-on experience opportunities to trainees, and address barriers to participation for underrepresented populations.

ReVision aims to engage 850 students via its Tiny Climate Classroom, engage 100 job seekers through statewide webinars, support 110 participants in attaining NABCEP PV Associate certification, and support 16 participants in attaining a newly developed PV Design certification.

“ReVision Energy appreciates the Governor’s Energy Office’s commitment to clean energy in Maine and the opportunity to collaborate on this important effort to make these careers more visible to existing workers and to young people who are seeking to find meaningful work but lack familiarity with the broad opportunities available within the solar industry,” said Vaughan Woodruff, director of the ReVision Energy Training Center.

“Our ability to respond meaningfully to the climate crisis now depends on our ability to build a robust workforce that can design, build and service clean energy systems. Maine will need to attract and train roughly 6,000 to 7,000 new electricians in the state during the next decade to meet our climate goals. This type of effort requires a measured and comprehensive approach. The Clean Energy Partnership represents a huge opportunity for us to respond on a timeline that recognizes the immediacy of addressing the climate crisis and is centered on inclusive outreach to Maine’s workforce of today and tomorrow.”

ReVision will partner with a variety of local and national organizations to support these workforce development efforts, including Maine Community College System, Coastal Communities Workforce Inc., Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students, Portland Adult Education, LearningWorks, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Founded in Liberty 19 years ago, ReVision Energy now has offices in South Portland and Montville, Maine; Brentwood and Enfield, New Hampshire; and North Andover, Massachusetts. The company is a Certified B Corp. Learn more at ReVisionEnergy.com.