President Obama launched a program Friday to train outgoing military personnel and veterans to work in the solar power sector.
He announced the initiative Friday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, which has solar panels on site and uses them to provide 20 percent of its electricity. The White House first unveiled the program earlier Friday.
The president used the speech as an opportunity to boast about the success of the solar power sector, and sell it as a prime opportunity for military veterans. He toured the solar installation before the speech.
“The solar industry is adding jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy,” Obama said, quoting 2014 employment figures. “They’re good-paying jobs that are helping folks enter in the middle class. And today what we’re going to try to do is to build on the progress that’s already been made.”