As the solar energy industry in Ohio continues to grow, Tipping Point is expanding the reach of our Solar by Soldiers℠ program, offering the services of well-trained, hard-working veterans for the installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs beyond our own.
"The goal of our Solar by Soldiers program is to train and get veterans back to work, whether they are working for us or for others in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries," said Eric Zimmer, CEO of Tipping Point. "Our installation crews have proven to be just as hard working and efficient in deploying advanced energy technologies as they were at protecting our country."
One of the first organizations to work with Solar by Soldiers℠ is American Municipal Power, which hired two veterans to help with installation of their 3.54 MW solar array in Napoleon, Ohio.
“We are happy to support the Solar by Soldiers effort at our Napoleon project,” AMP President/CEO Marc Gerken said. “AMP and our member communities are leaders in the deployment of new renewable generation in the region. From building Ohio’s first utility-scale wind farm, to embarking on the largest deployment of new run-of-the-river hydroelectric generation in the country, to this solar generation project, we are supporting renewable generation efforts in a very real manner. Tipping Point’s efforts to provide employment opportunities to American veterans are tremendous and we’re pleased to be a part of it.”
The Solar by Soldiers℠ crew worked with AP Alternatives in installing the racking and panels for the project.
Josh Von Deylen, Sales and Marketing Manager for APA, said “AP Alternatives is proud to support the Solar by Soldiers program. It is a great opportunity for APA to utilize the talent and training of the Ohio soldiers. The soldiers have been trained by Tipping Point Energy to install solar racking. Currently the soldiers are being utilized to install the solar racking and operate heavy equipment on-site. Solar by Soldiers is a program AP Alternatives plans to continue to support on future solar projects.”