Solar Ready Vets Partnership Announcement

The Truman Center and Operation Free are very excited to announce our participation in the DOE Sunshot Initiative’s Solar Ready Vets program. Solar Ready Vets is a solar-jobs training program that brings together our nation’s service members and the solar energy industry to prepare military personnel in “transitioning military” status for solar-related careers. The program’s training locations recently expanded to 10 military installations across the country with plans to increase the number of program graduates from 250 to 2,500.

In 2014, Operation Free and The Solar Foundation, the new national administrator of the Solar Ready Vets program, released a joint report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future , which established a complete understanding of veterans employment in the American solar industry. The solar industry is a leader in hiring military veterans. Veterans are integral to the clean energy economy because they bring unparalleled technical skills and a relentless focus on accomplishing the mission to secure America with clean energy.

Operation Free is committed to continuing our work to promote veterans as ideal candidates for employment in the rapidly growing solar industry. We understand that the solar industry is vital to strengthening our national security. Operation Free will continuously engage our defense, political, and policy expert community about the Solar Ready Vets program. Additionally, we are proud to provide our Military 101 Training program to Solar Ready Vets staff and partners.

For future updates regarding Operation Free and Solar Ready Vets, check out our website at

Sydney Tate is the Advocacy Campaign Manager for the Truman Center and Truman National Security Project.