Thank You to Our Wonderful Partners

Board of Directors

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"As a developer of large scale utility solar projects, SolUnesco knows firsthand how important quality talent is for successful project execution.  We are a founding member of SHINE because we want to grow in-state talent and maximize local jobs and economic benefits.  We hope other developers, EPCs, and stakeholders will join us in building a better solar workforce in Virginia.

Jon Hillis, President, SolUnesco

Leadership Council

"First Solar is proud and excited to be a part of SHINE. With the continued focus on and growth of solar energy in Virginia and across the US, the hope is this initiative can be a long-term contributor toward helping meet renewable energy workforce needs in the Commonwealth.  The initiative is also a shining example of how public and private groups can work together to develop a meaningful program that benefits both sides and the community as well.

Kevin Thornton, Manager of Public Affairs, First Solar

Ambassadors Circle

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"With thousands of megawatts of solar expected to be constructed in Virginia over the coming years, there is an increased need for talent to fill those solar jobs.  As a lead recruiter for many of the solar projects across the state, Aerotek aims to source qualified talent for our clients.  By partnering with SHINE, we are helping develop local solar talent and giving prospective recruits the knowledge and tools to succeed on solar installations.  Solar is a high growth industry with immense solar career opportunities.  Aerotek and SHINE are working to help Virginians tap into those opportunities. 

Colin Hess, Business Development Manager, Aerotek

Sponsors: Support Virginia's Solar Workforce

SHINE is proud to work with stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Our sponsors are dedicated to seeing Virginia's solar market prosper and their support directly supports SHINE's workforce development programs, scholarships, and program expansion.​