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For These Young Trainees, Careers in Solar Look Like Philly’s Future

Kimberly Paynter
Bright Solar Futures students Jay Fitzgerald, instructor Micah Gold-Markel, Malik Hunt-David, Isaiah Smith, and Justine Michalczyk, inside the Energy Coordinating Agency’s solar training room.

Some young Philadelphians see a brighter future in the solar power industry — for themselves and their communities. Sophia Schmidt of WHYY’s PlanPhilly reports a solar power training program in Philly has produced its latest batch of graduates.

(Original air-date: 6/6/22)

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native, and covers the environment for WHYY’s PlanPhilly. Before coming to Philadelphia in 2021, Sophia reported on her home state of Delaware for Delaware Public Media and produced interviews for NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Sophia was a 2021 Metcalf Fellow.