National Model Program: Advancing Inner City Solar Roof Projects, Creating New Generation Technicians Featuring Washington, D.C. Training Program [8/2/2015]

By Yingqian Chen

Guests:

  • Mark Davis, President along with A.J. Smith and Allen Swanson, Members, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio);
  • Candace Lyles, Operations Vice President along with Chris Hawkins and Allen Swanson, Members, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio);
  • Candace Lyles, Operations Vice President along with Paul Marshall, Member, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio); and
  • Mark David, President along with Ray-mo Herbert, Member, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio).

Segment 1guest1-150802Mark Davis, President along with A.J. Smith and Allen Swanson, Members, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio); Segment 2guest2-150802Candace Lyles, Operations Vice President along with Chris Hawkins and Allen Swanson, Members, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio);
Segment 3guest3-150802Candace Lyles, Operations Vice President along with Paul Marshall, Member, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio); Segment 4guest4-150802Mark Davis, President along with Ray-mo Herbert, Member, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio)

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 532 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our outstanding guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’:  Mark Davis, President along with A.J. Smith and Allen Swanson, Members, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio);
  • Segment ‘2’:  Candace Lyles, Operations Vice President along with Chris Hawkins and Allen Swanson, Members, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio);
  • Segment ‘3’:  Candace Lyles, Operations Vice President along with Paul Marshall, Member, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio); and
  • Segment ‘4’:  Mark Davis, President along with Ray-mo Herbert, Member, Solar Energy Technician Training Program, WDC Solar, (In Studio).

WDC Solar, Inc. was created with the intention of providing access to solar energy to all socio-economic classes in Washington, D.C.  Four years ago, the founders created a low-income solar program in conjunction with the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (“DCSEU”) which allows low-income homeowners in Washington, D.C. to have solar photovoltaic (“PV”) systems installed on the roofs of their homes at no cost to the homeowners. Its mission is to create livable wage Green technology jobs for local electricians, roofers, solar technicians and engineers keeping valuable Green dollars in the communities, to improve the air quality in our environment, and to make solar energy affordable and available to all residents living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

WDC Solar, Inc. plans to implement Urban Low-Income Solar and Energy Efficiency Programs (“ULISEEP”) in major cities along the East Coast. WDC Solar, Inc.’s standard ULISEEP contains three (3) primary components, each designed to directly benefit low-income persons of color. They are free solar workshops, solar installation and energy efficiency training, and solar systems installation on low-income single-family homes.

The workshops are FREE to low-income individuals and educate them about the environmental and economic benefits of using solar energy.

Also, WDC Solar has developed a solar installation training curriculum.  Periodically, it uses the curriculum to give multi-week training sessions (FREE to low-income participants) which provide the graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to secure employment as entry-level solar installation technicians.

Besides, in any ULISEEP developed by WDC Solar, Inc., solar PV systems will be installed on the homes of low-income residents at no cost to the homeowners. Appropriate energy efficiency measures (e.g., LED lights, “smart” thermostats, weatherization materials, etc.) also will be used on the low-income homes whenever possible.

Program overview


As you may know EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to identifying at least 1,000 ‘best practices’ for sustainable environmental and economic development. Our efforts are to link those having such “best practices” with those needing the technologies, processes, services, and products to be outstanding ecological stewards of their resources. Please support The Emerald Planet Television and The Emerald Trek through your generous donations of US$25, US$50, or US$100. Click the donations button to make your contributions now
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