ERIC Number: ED167836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Education and Training Programs in the Commercialization and Diffusion of Solar Energy Technologies.
Burns, Barbara; And Others
The solar energy labor force is analyzed by identifying the importance of education and training in the commercialization and diffusion of solar technologies, discussing issues for planning and analysis of solar education and training efforts, and illustrating the range of programs and courses presently available. Four general perspectives are reviewed concerning the diffusion of such a new technology as solar energy systems, with special attention to the education and training issues. Planning and analysis issues discussed include the following: whether there is a need for more education and training programs, and of what kinds; the possible roles of the federal and state governments; the availability of trained workers for the manufacture of solar systems; the tradeoffs between expanding the capabilities of persons already within the field or training unemployed and underemployed persons as solar workers; and the allocation of effort between training workers and training trainers. Examples of programs and courses are given for the four identified categories: general education, professional solar energy education and training, technician training, and solar industries infrastructure training. The general conclusion is that a large number and variety of education and training programs and courses are presently offered, but that little or no evaluation of individual programs or the overall effort has yet been done. (Author/CT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Employment Qualifications, Energy, Federal Government, Industrial Education, Job Training, Labor Force, Professional Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Solar Radiation, State Government, State of the Art Reviews, Technical Education
National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161 (Microfiche, $3.00; Printed Copy, $5.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO.