New Jersey Solar Developer’s Virtual Training Program Creates Hope and High-Paying Jobs – Next City

Written by Brianna Baker

Up until mid-May, 21-year-old Emmanuel Tolentine of Scotch Plains, New Jersey worked as a cashier at QuickChek — a job he says was less than satisfying.

“I was ready to get out of there, honestly,” he says. “Everyone was so rude. It’s crazy.”

Now he’s finishing up a two-week trial run with Asbury Park-based solar energy developer Solar Landscape, which just launched its free virtual jobs training program on May 1. The state-mandated wage for one of Solar Landscape’s solar panel installers, the gig Tolentine is on track to get, is $63 an hour.

“When I heard that, I was like, ‘What am I scanning people’s stuff for?’” Tolentine says.

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