SOUTH BURLINGTON The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 and its Vermont Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee today announced an initiative that will teach union members to install solar photovoltaic systems. The announcement was made at a mid-morning press conference before a crowd of elected officials, business leaders and IBEW members. Beginning this fall, IBEW Local 300 will offer solar energy training as an enhancement to its existing five-year electrical regimen, which is mutually funded by union contractors and members through a collective bargaining agreement. Utilizing framework developed by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, trainees will learn about the fundamentals, design and installation of solar photovoltaic technology through both classroom and hands-on components. The program is being jumpstarted by a $65, 263 Vermont Department of Labor Workforce Education and Training (WETF) grant and a $35,000 donation from Entergy Nuclear-Vermont Yankee, an IBEW employer that produces one-third of the states electricity.