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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Vocational school for Veterans opens

Vocational school for Veterans opens

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

On Friday, March 3, a ribbon cutting took place to celebrate the opening of a new training facility in Harker Heights. 2H Solar is located at 415 E. Central Texas Expressway, and will be a facility that welcomes everyone—specifically veterans—to learn core competencies and job skills to progress in the solar industry.

Reginald Hodges and Phillip Hamrock are the founders of 2H Solar; the two worked alongside the United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as “Seabees”. Their mission for 2H Solar is simple: a commitment geared towards superior training of U.S. Veterans for the high paying, in-demand jobs that are available through many solar fields.

According to the official website, students at the facility will learn elements of electrical engineering, construction management and other fundamentals through hands-on, project based solar training. This training is based off of the world-renowned construction training Seabees receive in the United States Navy. Graduates will develop real world practical skills required for work in solar technical sales, solar contracting, solar panel installation and PV design engineering. 2H Solar wants to students to “learn by doing” and prepare students for jobs in the rapidly expanding PV industry. PV stands for photovoltaic, which relates to the production of an electric current through exposure to light.

Hodges and Hamrock’s crew at 2H Solar include Bayan Kanaanian, a coordinator and fellow-director, Jim Gooding and Joey Lyman, both whom are senior instructors, along with a partnership with Mounting Systems, a solar power company based out of California.

“We’re very happy to announce our partnership with this amazing company,” said Frank Gallagher, the Northwest Regional Sales Manager for Mounting Systems. “We will continue to serve 2H Solar, and work to replace and replenish our models and panels.” Gallagher went on to say that Mounting Systems has made generous donations to the training facility, such as on-roof systems that are “exceptionally flexible, harness outstanding adaptability, and are ecologically responsible.”

“This is more than your average PV school,” said Hodges after the ribbon cutting took place. “We have an incredible crew and we plan to offer a service that can’t be found in the surrounding area. Not to mention, all of the money that’s saved with our cost-effective projects go right back into veteran programs.”

Members from the Killeen and Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce attending the ribbon cutting, which began around 11 a.m. Members from the Killeen City Council, KISD, Texas Workforce Association and other businesses were also in attendance.

2H Solar is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the services provided by 2H Solar, call 254 294 7907.

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