Solar Decathlon Competitors Get Help from Electrical Apprentices

Published on October 02, 2009

LANHAM, MD— October 2, 2009— National Solar Decathlon competitors are getting aid from local electrical apprentices and licensed electricians. The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee’s (JATC) team of experienced professionals is providing the 20 teams with electrical services on an as-needed basis.
Six apprentices and two instructors will provide the on-site manpower during the set up period, October 1st through October 5th. They ensure that both the American and European structures are compliant with national and local electrical codes. They will also connect the homes to a micro-grid that both pulls power from PEPCO as needed and provides excess power that the homes generate back to PEPCO.
The JATC oversees education and training of electrical and telecommunications apprentices in metro Washington, DC. Part of its training includes renewable energy sources such as solar power.
“Our involvement in the Decathlon is a win-win. The competitors get the electrical help they need and our students get real world experience working with solar systems,” said Sean Myers, director of special projects at the JATC.
The JATC values its contribution of manpower to the 2009 Solar Decathlon at $16,000-$20,000. In 2007, the JATC sponsored two teams and provided set up manpower.
The JATC provides training to electricians in the Washington, DC metropolitan and surrounding areas. It offers its accredited three and five year programs in its state-of-the-art facilities, where successful applicants are paid family sustaining wages for classroom and on-the-job training in electrical construction including an extensive alternative energy curriculum. Participants graduate with real industry experience and recognized, transferable credentials at no cost to the student.
The JATC is sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association and Local 26, IBEW. More information is available at