Solar technicians return to Peoria to put learned skills to use

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PEORIA, Ill. — ICC Solar Pipeline Training graduates are back home in Peoria putting their learned skills to work. These students first learned technical skills through the Tri-County Urban League.

Sunpeak, a solar company out of Madison, Wisconsin, hired three Peoria grads who are working on the installation. A local graduate says this opportunity has changed his life in ways he didn’t think was possible.

“It was really amazing to come from in February,” said Mauricio Alwan, ICC/Urban League graduate. “[I] didn’t know anything about solar whatsoever, and now I’m extremely passionate about it. I love it and I want to be my future honestly.”

Thanks to a $1 million grant from Commonwealth Edison, ICC, along with more than 15 community organizations and businesses, offer the program.

“They just want to improve their lives and improve the lives of their families, so to be a part of this is fantastic,” said Laraine Bryson, Tri‐County Urban League President. “That’s what we come to work for every single day.”

“It’s really amazing, you know, especially being a young person,” said Alwan. “I’m only 23, kind of looking and searching for my way and what I really want to do and everyone tells me you should find something you’re really passionate about and you like to do and now that I found that, it’s just amazing to me.”

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