Obama expected to announce solar energy initiative, Salt Lake City

President Barack Obama is expected to announce an initiative to train 75,000 people to work in the solar energy industry, including military veterans.

The goal is part of the administration’s effort to drive growth in the solar industry while also supporting veterans.

Obama, who arrived in Utah on Thursday night, is scheduled to talk about his energy plans at Hill Air Force Base this morning before flying back to Washington.

The White House has recognized Salt Lake City as a “Climate Action Champion,” resulting from a competition to identify local climate leaders and provide federal support to help communities’ energy conservation efforts.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is spearheading solar development in the city, including a 1 megawatt solar farm and the new state-of-the-art, net-zero public safety building. The two projects are estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 3 million pounds per year.

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