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Driving development of Interplay Learning’s Solar Training Platform

AUSTIN, TX (October 4, 2016) – Interplay Learning is honored to announce that U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative has awarded it a $1.25 million cooperative award. The award will drive the development of Interplay Learning’s Solar Training Platform, a first-of-its-kind content platform featuring 3D simulations and leveraging the latest in education technology.

Interplay’s Platform will reduce training costs and drive employee productivity. The training solution addresses the installation quality issues and manpower bottlenecks which have constrained industry growth over the last several years.

The funding is delivered through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Technology to Market program. The goal of the program is to enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development and demonstration to facilitate new products entering the solar market. Interplay will be using the funding to build out a series of simulation-based trainings and a platform of tools to accelerate how solar companies onboard and train new employees. Interplay will work directly with solar manufacturers needing to scale pivotal trainings across the solar market.

Doug Donovan, chief executive officer of Interplay, adds, “We are thrilled to be contributing to advancing the goals of the SunShot Initiative. The Interplay Training Platform will directly translate into lower industry soft costs for installer companies and equipment manufacturers.”

Interplay entered into the solar training space in 2014 in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) by delivering an Advanced Solar Troubleshooting Simulation Training.

 

About The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.

About Interplay Learning

Interplay Learning develops online digital learning products for students and professionals to build career skills and technical aptitude. Interplay’s specialty is 3-D interactive life-like simulation which allows a learner to accelerate practical understanding and application. Interplay products can be found in education, government, career certification and industry.

Contact: Interplay Learning, Craig Carter, (310) 662-1767