ABC13 virtual job fair: Renewable energy jobs expected to take off, and here's how you can land one

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- President Joe Biden is expected to put a focus on green energy, and ABC13 has a way for you to get a job in the growing industry.

ABC13 partnered with Workforce Solutions to host a virtual job fair Thursday morning. There are more than 450 jobs available.

Two hundred of the jobs are with Mortenson Company in Guy. The business is looking to hire solar laborers, and is paying upwards of $18 an hour, with no background experience.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable energy accounts for 1/5 of the electricity generated in Texas. As far as solar, the Lone Star State produced the sixth most solar energy in the U.S. in 2019.

Lone Star College said there's a shortage of people to handle the growing solar industry. This is why it's going to offer a free solar program starting next month.

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Lone Star College said there's a shortage of people to handle the growing solar industry. This is why it's going to offer a free solar program

Students will learn the basics of installing utility scale solar racking and modular equipment, and will earn Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 certification. If you're interested in learning more about the program, visit the Lone Star website.

The virtual job fair featured hundreds of jobs in other industries as well, including sales, law enforcement, health and hospitality. If you missed the job fair, you can still find out about the open positions and important hiring information. Just look for it in this article's video player above and on our apps on your TV streaming devices.

Participants can apply for jobs through the state's job website, email or call. During the half hour event, Workforce Solutions has a dedicated phone line to answer ABC13 viewers' questions.

The ABC13 hotline number is 832-849-0480. To take a look at the jobs, visit Workforce Solutions, and look for the "as seen on ABC13" section.

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RELATED: ABC13 exclusively debuts Texas' new job search website during virtual job fair
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See for yourself! In the video above, ABC13's Nick Natario explores the new website along with Workforce Solutions. Plus, check out more than 400 jobs up for grabs!

Unemployed mom receives multiple job offers through ABC13's virtual job fair
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The woman said three weeks after she started participating in the ABC13's virtual job fair, she received multiple job offers.

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