If they like the work, they'll follow up with additional training in the Eastern Panhandle "to get them to a certain caliber, and then they'll continue their training as we start to do work down there," McKechnie says. "We're hoping they will go out on their own and find some sales leads and close those sales. We want to develop the entrepreneurial spirit so eventually they can go out on their own."
McKechnie says he's not worried about creating competitors because there's plenty of work to go around.
"The public wants it and they can't find it," he says.
McKechnie uses only American-made solar panels, and representatives of his supplier, Oregon-based Solar World USA, are expected to be in Williamson on Thursday for the public unveiling of the project.
"We're impressed with the focused enthusiasm and boldness of Mountain View Solar and Wind, and its partnership with The Jobs Project to spread the economic activity and financial savings of solar, and we want to do whatever we can to support and enhance the effort," Solar World USA spokesman Ben Santarris said.
The rooftop array on the doctor's office cost about $90,000 and McKechnie says it will produce 11.7 kilowatts of electricity, or enough to reduce utility costs by about 20 percent. The system should pay for itself in about seven years.
Getzen acknowledges many people can't afford such an investment.
"It's going to take a little while to get going," he says.
But The Jobs Project is trying to figure out how to do projects without upfront capital. Already, he says, federal tax credits and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture can help reduce costs, and people can seek low-interest loans.
"I just hope that through this project," Getzen says, "we find many more."