Solar training programs aim to open doors for former prison inmates

Energy News Network: Ryan Shelton made a mistake at 19 that cost him a year behind bars.

Now 23, Shelton might still be in a downward spiral if a southern California nonprofit hadn’t recruited him for a solar installer training program.

Instead, he’s installing solar panels on homes in Compton and Long Beach as part of Grid Alternatives’ SolarCorps fellowship program, a 13-month position.

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