IBEW will host an open house style event on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 pm. It is open to all electrical contractors and vendors who want to learn about the union;s new solar photovoltaic energy systems training, the only year-round course of its kind in the state.IBEW Local 300 staffers Jean Watkins and Matt Lash will present about the solar training and the union as a whole. Renewable Energy Vermont Executive Director Andrew Perchlik is also scheduled to speak about the green economy and the importance of the IBEW Local 300 solar initiative. Contractors and electricians that already completed the program will be there as well.The program recently began solar training as an enhancement to its existing five-year electrical regimen. Utilizing framework developed by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, trainees learn about the fundamentals, design and installation of solar photovoltaic technology through both classroom and hands-on components.Initially, at least four eight-person classes will be held per calendar year, with each lasting about 40 hours over 10 weeks at the union’s state-of-the-art South Burlington facility. The program was jumpstarted by a $65,263 Vermont Department of Labor Workforce Education and Training (WETF) grant and a $35,000 donation from Entergy Nuclear-Vermont Yankee, an IBEW employer that produces one-third of the state’s electricity.Contractors interested in attending Solar Industry Night should contact Lash at (802) 864-5864, ext. 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).