While the U.S. economy mourns a first quarter loss of 232,000 jobs, California job seekers, students, contractors, public officials, and others interested in breaking into the green-collar job boom will hear where the jobs are and how to train for them from some of the nation's preeminent experts at SOLAR 2008. This event runs May 3-8 in San Diego, the city that was recently named the #1 Green City in the U.S by the EPA.
Presented by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society, SOLAR 2008 offers a window into the 8.5 million green-collar jobs that currently exist -- and the millions more being created -- to support the nearly $1 trillion renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the U.S.
"The solar energy sector is an economic powerhouse, and the growth of this sector is sparking the economic opportunity of the century," said Neal Lurie, Marketing Director of the American Solar Energy Society.
In addition to giving direct access to over 150 businesses and vendors in the burgeoning renewable energy space, SOLAR 2008 features hands-on workshops, a renewable energy film festival, solar demonstrations, tours, and a green-collar job fair. Public events also include more than 50 popular consumer workshops on:
- Best Solar Energy Practices
- Solar Thermal in the U.S. Marketplace
- How to Launch your Solar Business
- State of the U.S. Solar Industry
- Sustainable Living 101
- Insight Into Energy Efficiency
- Green Jobs for Social Justice
- Tackling Climate Change
- The Ins & Outs of Feed-in Tariffs
SOLAR 2008 will offer Public Events May 3-4, 2008 from 10 am - 5 pm. An array of more technical content is featured at the full conference, which runs through May 8. All events are at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego.