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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Western Maryland Consortium

Millenium 3 Energy

Workforce Challenge

After a successful career as an executive with two large companies in Western Maryland, Phil Kelly wanted to be his own boss. He joined a small electrical construction company to learn the business; he intended to purchase the business eventually. When the economic downturn hit Western Maryland especially hard, Mr. Kelly's plans were derailed, and he was laid off. He was still interested in moving into the alternative energy field, so he turned to the Western Maryland Consortium WIB.

Workforce Solution

As a displaced worker, Kelly qualified for retraining assistance. WMC paid for several technical training courses: Solar Success for Start-Ups, a CEU course through NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners), and Introduction to Wind Systems, through the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Once he set up his company, Millennium 3 Energy (www.m3-energy.com), he was eligible for help from the Maryland Business Works Program, which subsidized two more courses -- a retrofit lighting course, and a residential photovoltaic (PV) and wind generation systems course -- that prepared him to pass NABCEP's solar PV exam.

Outcomes & Benefits

Today, Kelly's company has several projects underway. Kelly is a qualified installer of solar PV energy systems. He is committed to helping Western Maryland get smarter about energy and speaks to business groups, service clubs, and community college renewable energy programs. "WMC and the State's workforce development team gave me just the right kind of support that the burgeoning renewable energy industry needs," Kelly says.

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