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Inflation Reduction Act Expands Opportunities for Clean Energy Workforce
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Inflation Reduction Act Expands Opportunities for Clean Energy Workforce

A Georgia professor explains how the Inflation Reduction Act is expanding employment opportunities for his students.

Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena, assistant professor and the Goizueta junior faculty rotating chair in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

With almost all solar manufacturing concentrated in China and East Asia, the lack of domestic manufacturing represents an economic and national security concern. Shortly after the Inflation Reduction Act was signed, however, the largest solar manufacturing investment in American history was announced: a new Qcells manufacturing plant in Northwest Georgia. The plant will provide professor Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena’s students with thousands of new opportunities.

Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena

Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena pictured in May 2020. (Photo credit: Marianna Freudzon)

The Inflation Reduction Act has opened a whole new career path for my students and thousands of people here in Georgia. I am working to partner with Qcells to develop programs that train their future workers. We need to train people at all levels and across all skill sets. From associate degrees to Ph.D. programs, from those constructing the factory to the engineers developing new technologies, we will need to create an entire ecosystem to support this burgeoning industry. Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena

With more than 270 new clean energy projects spurred by the Inflation Reduction Act, the foundation has been laid for a future in which the country can recruit and retain top talent in the clean energy field.

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