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Eastside Job Training Gets Boost From Solar Donation

The East Los Angeles Skills Center will be getting 20 solar power modules that will be used by Homeboy Industries and other groups in job training programs, a Bay Area company announced Tuesday.

Belmont-based SunEdison will donate 20 photovoltaic modules that will benefit Homeboy Industries, the nonprofit job training and placement organization for ex-gang members, and other groups that use the East Los Angeles Skills Center.

“Supporting Homeboy Industries is a win-win as they provide unparalleled rehabilitation services while feeding the talent pool in the growing solar installation market in which we participate,” said Ravi Sankaran, SunEdison’s director of corporate social responsibility.The Rev. Greg Boyle, who started Homeboy Industries in 1988 and has seen it grow into the largest organization of its kind, said training young men and women to work in the solar energy business was a good fit.

“When we select potential career tracks for our clients, we need to be confident that they’ll be able to earn a living for years to come so they won’t try to return to a gang for survival,” he said.