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NRDC Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter
December 5, 2011, Volume 6
 

WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!

Another week in the clean economy brought some major announcements of new jobs and homegrown American energy innovation.

Last week culminated with President Obama’s announcement that nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector financing would be invested in making energy upgrades to buildings, factories, and homes across the country over the next two years. The announcement is a great example of how government and the private sector can work together to provide energy solutions--$2 billion committed by the federal government for the Better Buildings Initiative will leverage nearly $2 billion in private capital from companies like 3M, Alcoa, and Cummins; mayors; university presidents; and labor groups.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce believes that just the federal component of the initiative could create up to 35,000 jobs.  The University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute anticipates that the program could create more than 50,000 jobs in total.

There was also good news from the solar industry with SolarCity’s announcement of a new five-year project to install over 100,000 rooftop solar systems on 124 military bases in 33 states across the U.S.  The installations could create 750 construction jobs and 28 full-time jobs, many of which will be filled by U.S. veterans and military family members.

Read below for details on the 14 clean energy job announcements this week in 10 states around the country.  

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Spotlight on Solazyme, Inc.

Solazyme
When the U.S. Navy went looking for biofuels, it turned to Solazyme, Inc.  The company is one of several suppliers selected by the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency to provide more than 450,000 gallons of biofuel to the Navy to use in its Green Strike Group demonstration. It is the largest biofuels purchase in government history.  The biofuel from Solazyme and others will be mixed with aviation gas or marine diesel fuel for use in Navy ships and aircraft.  It is a drop-in fuel, which means that no modifications to the engines are required to burn the fuel.
 
“This historic contract is a major step forward for America’s energy security and the advanced biofuel industry in our country,” Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson said announcing the defense agreement.

Solazyme turns low-cost, plant-based sugars found in microalgae into high-value oils that mirror or enhance the chemical composition of oils derived from petroleum, plants and animal fats. Solazyme currently employs 160 employees in California and Illinois, and has a facility in Campinas, Brazil.  Jerry Fiddler, Chairman of Solazyme, is an E2 member.  For more information on Solazyme, please visit http://www.solazyme.com.

 

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  SolarCity and Department of Defense 750 construction jobs; 28 full-time jobs SolarCity announced a five-year, 300 MW program to install 120,000 solar rooftop systems on 124 military bases throughout the country. The $1 billion project will receive $350 million in financing from Bank of America. Many of the jobs will be filled by U.S. veterans and military family members   Generation (Solar)

Announced
  Better Buildings Initiative 35,000-50,000 new jobs reportedly could be created $4 billion in federal and private investments in building energy upgrades were announced; the private investments will improve energy efficiency by 20% by 2025 in up to 1.6 billion sq. ft. of commercial and independent property. $2 billion committed by the government will leverage $2 billion from the private sector.    Energy Efficiency

In Progress

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MD FirstEnergy Corp. 125 construction jobs Maryland Solar LLC announced construction on its $70 million Maryland Solar Farm will begin before year’s end; the 20 MW project will utilize 100,000 solar panels and is expected to be completed in 2013. Hagerstown, MD - Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-6) Generation (Solar)

Announced

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NJ Geoscape Solar 35 jobs created during the project Geoscape Solar announced completion of a solar power system for Atlantic Central Logistics; the system consists of 4,072 solar panels. Elizabeth, NJ - Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), Sen. Robert Menendez (D), Rep. Albio Sires (D-13), Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) Generation (Solar)

In Operation
NJ ENN Solar Energy and  National Energy Renewable Corp Up to 50 construction jobs ENN Solar Energy and National Energy Renewable Corp. recently completed a 4.3 MW solar farm, which transformed a New Jersey landfill into a solar power facility. East Brunswick, NJ - Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), Sen. Robert Menendez (D), Rep. Rush Holt  (D-12) Generation (Solar)

In Operation
PA EverPower 200 construction jobs; 10 full-time jobs EverPower will build a 140 MW wind project in Pennsylvania, with construction set to be completed in Q4 2012; when completed project will generate enough energy to power 38,000 homes. Somerset County, PA - Sen. Robert Casey (D), Sen. Patrick Toomey (R), Rep. William Shuster (R-9) Generation (Wind)

In Progress

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ID Hoku Corporation Currently 180; up to 300 full-time jobs Hoku’s new manufacturing facility is nearing completion; when fully operational, it will make polysilicon for solar panels Pocatello, ID - Sen. Michael Crapo (R), Sen. James Risch (R), Rep. Michael Simpson (R-2) Manufacturing (Solar)

In Progress

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NC Saertex USA and PPG Industries Added at least 150 full-time jobs in 2011 Key wind manufacturing companies in the Charlotte area are growing rapidly; Saertex USA, a supplier of composites used to make wind turbine blades, now employs 180 people, while PPG Industries has hired 150 people this year. Charlotte region, NC - Sen. Richard Burr (R), Sen. Kay Hagan (D), Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-10) Manufacturing (Wind)

In Operation
FL Duke Energy and Regenesis Power LLC Up to 50 construction workers; 3-5 full-time Duke Energy and Regenesis Power are building the first solar project in Orange County. The 5.9 MW solar power project is expected to come online on December 7th, generating enough renewable energy to power more than 600 homes. Orange County, FL - Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Rep. Daniel Webster (R-8) Generation (Solar)

In Progress
FL National Solar Power 200 construction jobs;  up to 50 full-time jobs National Solar Power announced an agreement with Hardee County, to build a 200 MW solar farm in the county; construction on the $700 million project is set to begin Q2 2012. Hardee County, FL - Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-13) Generation (Solar)

Announced
LA Sundrop Fuels 130 manufacturing jobs; 20 R&D jobs; 1,150 indirect jobs in the region Sundrop Fuels Inc. announced plans to build their first production facility; $450-$500 million will be invested in the 50 million gallons per year plant; construction will begin in 2012 and is set to be completed in 2014. Rapides Parish, LA - Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), Sen. David Vitter (R), Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-5) Biofuels

Announced
GA WGS Energy Group LLC 150 jobs initially; up to 1,000 construction jobs WGS Energy Group LLC has agreed to buy about 275 acres in order to build a $150 million 35 MW biomass plant. Twiggs County, GA - Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R), Sen. John Isakson (R), Rep. Austin Scott (R-8) Generation (Biomass)

Announced
SC South Carolina Electric & Gas and Boeing 12 to 15 jobs created South Carolina Electric & Gas and Boeing dedicated the 2.6 MW photovoltaic system that will cover 10 acres of the 14-acre roof of Boeing’s 787 Final Assembly building, providing the facility with renewable energy. North Charleston, SC - Sen. Jim DeMint (R), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), Rep. James Clyburn (D-6) Generation (Solar)

In Operation

NOTE: Each of these job numbers were culled from publicly available announcements of new clean energy ventures. "Status" is used to informally categorize the stage of development of a project, with "in operation" meaning a energy project that has gone live, or a manufacturing facility that is on line. "In Progress" is used for any project in construction or any program just starting, and "Announced" captures those projects in earlier stages of development. Inclusion in this newsletter is not an indication of E2 support for any individual project.

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