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Solar Career Pathways in Virginia

The Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE) is a Public-Private Partnership Founded by Southside Virginia Community College, MDV-SEIA, Leading Solar Developers, Construction Companies, Energy Consulting & Recruiting Firms, and Tech Companies.

SHINE'S Mission

Develop a Qualified,

Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Solar Workforce

Equip Virginians with

the Tools and Knowledge

to Enter the Solar Sector

with a Competitive Edge 

Help Solar Developers

and Construction Companies Source Qualified and Trained Talent

Bridge the Gap

between Solar Jobs Supply and Solar Jobs Demand

How to Benefit from SHINE



If you are looking for a job that serves a meaningful purpose, the solar industry can be a great fit.  Working in solar helps transition our country to cleaner fuel sources, while providing economic benefits to communities and residents along the way.  The solar sector has also been growing rapidly and provides workers with ample opportunities to move upwards, take on leadership positions, and build sustainable careers.   

To set yourself apart from other candidates, consider signing up for the SHINE Solar Ready 101 Program, a 2-week immersive, hands-on introduction to the solar installation field. 



With shifting project construction timetables and competition for talent, it can often be difficult to source qualified employees.  Partnering with SHINE can help your solar development or construction company find the talent needed to execute projects successfully and safely.  SHINE’s Solar Ready 101 Program was designed with consultation from leading solar industry stakeholders and is set up to help employees add value to solar project installations from Day 1.

Learn how to partner with SHINE and access top talent for your solar projects.





SHINE is currently running its Solar Ready 101 Program at Southside Virginia Community College, one of the founding institutions of SHINE.  Upon completion of our pilot program, we will partner with other academic institutions across the state to make the SHINE Program more accessible and available.  The SHINE Solar Ready 101 curriculum is designed for other academic institutions to be able to easily launch affiliate programs.  SHINE is also working on building two mobile learning labs to provide academic partners with the infrastructure needed to give students a hands-on learning experience.  

Prepare your students for jobs in the solar sector by becoming a SHINE Academic Affiliate and offering our vetted SHINE curriculum. 


Founding Board & Staff

Rich Allevi - Vice President of Utility

Rich Allevi

Board Member &

VP of Utility Construction, Sun Tribe Solar

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Michael Carrington

Board Member &

Human Resources Training Manager, Strata Solar

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Matt Connolly

SHINE Program Analyst

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Mary Jane Elkins

Board Observer &

Executive Director, Southside Community College Foundation

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Stephen Goodin

Board Member &

Founder, Commonwealth Energy Ventures

Keith A. Harkins - Vice President of Wor

Keith Harkins

Board Member &

VP of Workforce Development, Southside Virginia, Community College

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Jon Hillis

Board Member &

President, SolUnesco

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David Murray

Board Observer &

Executive Director,



David Peterson

SHINE Executive Director

Rachel Smucker - Virginia Policy _ Devel

Rachel Smucker

Board Member &

Virginia Policy and Development Manager, MDV-SEIA

Ed Stelter - Vice President of Procureme

Ed Stelter

Board Member &

Vice President of Procurement, Faulconer Construction

SHINE's Valuable Partners

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