Overcoming the ESS Talent Gap — How to Build or Buy Much-Needed Expertise
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT
Location: Storage Central, Booth #5958, Level 2, Venetian Expo Hall
Learning Level: 201: Applies to those with some experience who are looking to build on or enhance existing knowledge.
To keep up with the pace of expected energy storage growth in the coming years, the industry has to overcome a storage talent shortage, especially among engineers. It will take a combination of training, recruitment, and outsourcing to bring the energy storage workforce into an even keel with the solar workforce and meet the demand for labor that’s only become more urgent since the enactment of the IRA.
This session will examine three ways that developers, EPCs and IPPs can get their organizations up to speed with energy storage expertise — and will provide actionable insights you can take back to the office and implement with your team. 1) Recruitment — how to compete for, win and retain key personnel in a highly competitive labor market. 2) Training — the steps needed for bringing existing renewables teams up to speed on ESS codes and standards, technology selection, risk mitigation, and other areas of knowledge that qualify engineers to work on energy storage systems. 3) Outsourcing — what kinds of knowledge and services are available by partnering with a third-party provider for energy storage expertise that can guide you through each life cycle step from sourcing and project design to commissioning.