Watts & Learn: New Apprenticeship Requirements for Solar Tax Credits and Resources for Pennsylvania’s Solar Industry

01/20/2023 @ 12:00 pm - 01/20/2023 @ 1:15 pm



Now that the solar investment and production tax credits have been updated by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), many expect the economic certainty of solar projects to improve over the long-term. But in the short-term, some new requirements have created the need for better access to and awareness of resources available to secure the highest possible amount of solar tax credits.

One solar tax credit update requires solar projects larger than 1MWac to employ a specific percentage of apprentices during the construction, alteration, or repair of a solar project. This requirement has caused some to ask if there will be enough apprentices available in Pennsylvania to keep up with growing demand. And where should Pennsylvania’s solar industry go to learn more about apprenticeship programs that are equipped to support Pennsylvania’s solar industry?

Join us as we review the solar tax credits’ new apprenticeship requirements and what we can do to advance a Pennsylvania statewide solar apprenticeship program. We will walk through the updated apprenticeship requirements and how to access the highest amount of tax credits possible. We’ll also be joined by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office and from the higher education pipeline to provide information and resources on how to access well-trained, highly qualified apprentices for Pennsylvania’s solar workforce. Last, we’ll review solar-specific apprenticeship programs that have been implemented in other states and what Pennsylvania legislators can do to support programs that strengthen our solar workforce.