Meet Jimmy Adauto

James (Jimmy) Adauto came to GRID Alternatives after participating in the Homeboy Industries program in LA for formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women. Jimmy was ready to turn his life around for himself and his family and saw a bright future in the green industry. He started volunteering with GRID Alternatives in April 2012 to supplement his classroom solar training. Within 6 months, Jimmy had logged over 170 installation hours and become a GRID Certified Roof Team Leader, helping teach other volunteers. His experience with GRID landed him a position with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union working on a solar thermal project at the California-Nevada state line.

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Solar Industry Snapshot

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More than 140,000 people are employed in the solar industry, more than half of them in installation jobs that can't ever be outsourced. And with solar installations growing at a rate of 40 percent, those jobs are going to keep growing as well. Here's a quick look at some solar job stats from the Solar Foundation's 2013 Solar Jobs Census.

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2012-2013 solar job growth:


Average 2012-2013 US job growth:


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