Denver, Colorado-based solar developer Pivot Energy announced that it has donated $ 90,000 to Bright Futures, a Weld County’s workforce initiative aimed at removing obstacles for students from pursuing higher education and take up employment. The donation will be used to help at least 45 local students with education and training.
As a triple company, Pivot Energy is committed to ensuring that its business activities have a positive impact on the planet, people and bottom line. The company recently made a $ 50,000 donation to the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation for similar scholarships to provide students in southern Colorado with advanced training opportunities in the renewable energy industry.
“Pivot’s commitment to empowering the local communities where our solar projects take place has been our priority since Day 1,” said Jon Fitzpatrick, VP, Project Development, Pivot Energy. “While the solar industry workforce is growing rapidly, it is important for us to create fair opportunities for everyone interested in the clean energy industry. We are very excited to be working with Bright Futures to grow the solar workforce in our home state and beyond. “
“Pivot Energy’s leadership and commitment to educating our future generation has been invaluable to the workforce and future of our students,” said Sarah Rice, executive director, Bright Futures. “Bright Futures is excited to work with industry leaders like Pivot Energy to give students an insight into what their future might look like outside of high school. Pivot’s generosity for our program will influence students for years to come. “
The two organizations also plan to coordinate educational site tours of Pivot-developed on-site solar projects to inspire and educate students about renewable energy careers so they can see firsthand how solar projects are developed and operated.
According to a recent report, the cost of college tuition in Colorado has increased more than 65% over the past decade, while 47% of adults in the state do not have post-graduate accreditations. Between 2014 and 2019, national solar employment grew five times faster than national employment growth.
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