Secure Solar Futures Launches Education Program Group

Company to Expand Solar Classroom and Workforce Development Offerings for Schools

Britni Arrington

Secure Solar Futures Education Program Group
Secure Solar Futures Education Program Group

Devyn Keller

Secure Solar Futures Education Program Group
Secure Solar Futures Education Program Group

Richmond, Va., Dec. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Secure Solar Futures, a solar developer of on-site clean energy for schools, hospitals, and businesses, launched its Solar Education Program Group today. The new group will unify and expand the company’s services to help its solar power customers at K-12 public and independent schools bring rooftop solar into the classroom.  The group will also help community colleges train students for careers as solar power technicians with a path towards full-time employment for qualified graduates.

Secure Solar Futures brings a management team that is passionate about supporting this work, with many years of experience in teaching and education at various levels. Over the last decade, the company has supplemented solar installations at K-12 schools with standards-compliant classroom curricula and instructional materials on clean energy, and teacher training to use these resources.  The company also innovated the Throwing Solar Shade® as a project-based learning program for students to participate in citizen science projects developed in partnership with the Science Museum of Virginia. This year, with Mountain Empire Community College in Wise County, located in the historic coalfield region of Southwest Virginia, Secure Solar Futures piloted the state’s first-ever youth solar apprenticeship program to train solar technicians.

“In the course of developing solar energy at campuses across Virginia, we’ve learned that while schools value the money savings and environmental impact of generating their own clean energy, they also want to create jobs in their communities,” said Tony Smith, president and founder of Secure Solar Futures. “In response to this demand, and in partnership with schools, we developed a unique community-based demand-pull workforce development program to bring clean energy and career training for well-paying clean energy jobs for their students.”

To staff the Solar Education Solutions group, the company hired two veterans of workforce development, classroom teaching and state government.

Devyn Keller will head the new group, bringing more than a decade of experience as a classroom teacher and official with the Virginia Department of Energy, where she assisted in organizing clean energy summit conferences while managing the agency’s efforts to support local workforce development programs. At the department, she also developed plans for an online informational hub for students and teachers about energy education resources, while leveraging federal funding to diversify the clean energy workforce. In her new role, Keller plans to continue to remain active in the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium, where she believes that Secure Solar Futures will offer valuable resources and build partnerships with the group of industry, education, non-profit, and government partners.

“At the Department of Energy, my priority was to make clean energy career training more accessible to all, hopefully encouraging a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive energy workforce in Virginia,” said Keller. “At Secure Solar Futures, I look forward to building on the company’s strong foundation of solar education programs, especially Throwing Solar Shade and solar apprenticeships, to help schools and community colleges make solar careers accessible to all types of students.”

Britni Arrington brings nearly a decade of experience in community-based workforce and economic development as well as teaching in school and youth center environments. With the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals living in the Southeast United States, Arrington helped obtain grant funding and provided technical assistance to communities for job training and economic revitalization. 

“It was important to me that Secure Solar Futures was committed to the triple bottom line of profits, people and planet as a Certified B Corporation,” said Arrington. “I look forward to continue to help schools empower young people to take on challenges like the climate crisis by leveraging the resources of the private sector.”

About Secure Solar Futures

As a market and policy leader, Secure Solar Futures builds, owns, manages, and funds affordable Resilient Solar Solutions® for hospitals, schools and businesses. The company combines state-of–the-art solar technology with an innovative business model to make commercial scale solar readily affordable in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, helping customers to realize the economic, environmental, and community benefits of solar energy.  In 2017, Secure Solar Futures became a Certified B Corporation®. Find the company online at


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