BBC Radio One Story on Solar By Soldiers

Tipping Point's Solar By Soldiers (SM) program continues to garner attention for our efforts to match unemployed veterans with jobs installing solar panels.   Now, we are even starting to get attention internationally.

BBC Radio One  Reporter Greg Dawson recently spent the day with us in Columbus learning more about our program and meeting some of the veterans who will be working with us on solar panel installations in Ohio going forward.   Although we have already been using veterans on our small and mid-size commercial installation, the first large project will be the installation of nearly 3000 solar panels on the roof of the Fleet Maintenance Building for the City of Columbus. 

Not having the right qualifications is a common problem for many servicemen and women as they look to use their experience to get job outside the military.
The most recent unemployment statistics in the US show that the overall rate dropped to 8.5% in December 2011. However, the veteran rate climbed to 13.5%.
Tipping Point co-founder Eric Zimmer says soldiers have a "good work ethic"
Eric Zimmer is the co-founder of Tipping Point. He says although his company is small he wanted to do his bit to help.
"These are people that served our country and allow us to be a business and have freedom," he says.
"They bring a lot to the job that goes beyond just their skills. They bring a good mentality and work ethic."

Not having the right qualifications is a common problem for many servicemen and women as they look to use their experience to get job outside the military.
The most recent unemployment statistics in the US show that the overall rate dropped to 8.5% in December 2011. However, the veteran rate climbed to 13.5%.
Tipping Point co-founder Eric Zimmer says soldiers have a "good work ethic"Eric Zimmer is the co-founder of Tipping Point. He says although his company is small he wanted to do his bit to help.
"These are people that served our country and allow us to be a business and have freedom," he says.
"They bring a lot to the job that goes beyond just their skills. They bring a good mentality and work ethic."

 A link to the whole story can be found here. More information about solar by soldiers program can be found here.