Green Energy Jobs Await Some Returning U.S. Veterans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (November 26, 2011)—Tipping Point, an Ohio energy company, is making an effort to hire military veterans to install solar panels at a time when the unemployment rate for veterans outpaces that for civilians.

Tipping Point chief technical officer Darin Hadinger says his father, a Vietnam veteran who struggled to find work after his service, in part inspired his company’s Solar by Soldiers program.

Advocates say the technical skills veterans learn in the military translate well into green energy jobs.

While the number of solar power projects has more than tripled in the last year, some observers worry that the industry could stagnate with federal stimulus incentives set to dry up in coming years.

The unemployment rate for veterans is at 12.1 percent compared with 9 percent for civilian workers.

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