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Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter January 10th, 2012, Volume 8
WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!
With the New Year, we have new announcements of jobs being created by renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transportation projects across the U.S. Among the highlights from this week’s announcements are three new solar manufacturing and three new advanced vehicle manufacturing facilities.
North Carolina will soon be home to two of these manufacturing facilities. Durham, NC-based Semprius is building a 50,000 square-foot plant in Henderson, NC to produce concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) cells and modules. The company expects to create 256 jobs at full build-out of the plant. Seed funding from the Department of Energy and contributions from the State of North Carolina and local agencies helped to leverage private sector investment in the plant.
And in China Grove, NC, Hitachi Metals announced that it will be investing $60 million over the next four years to expand its magnet-production facility to meet global demand, creating 65 new jobs. The company’s magnets are used primarily in hybrid and electric vehicles. An incentive grant from the state helped secure the company’s decision to locate in North Carolina.
NextEra Energy plans to build a $1.3 billion, 300 MW solar farm in Maricopa County, AZ that could provide enough energy to power 90,000 homes and create 360 jobs during peak construction and 16 full-time jobs.
Read below for more details on the 14 new job announcements in 10 states from this week’s report.
Polluted water and land increases our health care costs, hurts industries like tourism and agriculture, and raises our taxes to pay for clean up and enforcement. Liquid Environmental Solutions (LES) was founded on the principle that protecting our environment isn’t just good for people, animals, and plants – it’s also good for business. Founded in 2002, LES provides a best-in-class compliance solution to Clean Water Act standards through the collection, treatment, and disposal of non-hazardous liquid waste, and is now the largest provider of grease trap collection services in the nation.
Based in Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA, LES directly employs 361 employees and has 14 facilities and collection operations in 29 states, including Arizona, Nebraska, Illinois, and several Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southern and West Coast states. For more information about Liquid Environmental Solutions, please visit http://www.liquidenviro.com/. LES is a portfolio company of Craton Equity Partners, where E2 member Tom Soto is a Managing Partner.
Townsend Energy Solutions wants to transform a Ford assembly plant into a renewable energy park for efficient vehicles and smart grid technologies; the Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved several tax credits for the $237-million project.
Wixom, MI - Sen. Carl Levin (D), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-11)
Hollingsworth and Vose, a paper manufacturer, is producing battery separator paper used in new energy efficient car batteries; it is 1 of only 3 companies manufacturing this product, allowing cars with "start-stop" technology to save 5-10% on fuel costs.
Greenwich, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. Chris Gibson (R-20)
The Town of Hempstead completed the construction of a 100 kW wind turbine; the town received $4.5 million in federal funding for energy projects under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
Hempstead, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-4)
20-50 full-time jobs in first year; up to 150-200 jobs within 2 years
Camel City Solar LLC, is looking to commercialize an optical fiber-based design for solar cells for uses ranging from solar farms and heat pumps to rooftop tiles. The company expects to invest $25 million in a manufacturing facility; production is expected for March 2012.
Villanova, PA - Sen. Robert Casey (D), Sen. Patrick Toomey (R), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7)
Hitachi Metals plans to invest $60 million over 4 years in its magnet-production facility in China Grove; with an incentive grant from the One North Carolina Fund, the company plans to double the plant’s employment.
China Grove, NC - Sen. Richard Burr (R), Sen. Kay Hagan (D), Rep. Howard Coble (R-6)
Magna International Inc., is building a 166,000 square-foot manufacturing facility to produce components and systems for the solar market; construction is expected to be completed by the end of December 2011.
Phoenix, AZ - Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Jon Kyl (R), Rep. Edward Pastor (D-4)
Altec, a leading manufacturer of utility trucks, is building a new 43,000 square-foot factory to assemble alternative-fuel, hybrid-electric and all-electric utility trucks; the facility is planned to go online in Q2 2012.
Dixon, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. John Garamendi (D-10)
Centinela Solar Energy, LLC announced plans to build a 275 MW solar photovoltaic plant; the project will generate $30 million in local tax revenue and will generate enough electricity to power 60,000 to 82,500 homes.
El Centro, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Bob Filner (D-5)
The Oak Grove School District and Chevron Energy Solutions completed a 1.8 MW solar PV system that will save the district more than $13 million in energy costs and meet 90% of the electricity demands of the 4 schools and district office.
San Jose, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-16)
Sempra Energy announced plans for a 21 MW wind farm; power generated will be sold to Maui Electric Company under a 20-year contract; construction is expected to be completed by late 2012.
Maui, HI - Sen. Daniel Inouye (D), Sen. Daniel Akaka (D), Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-2)
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 an 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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