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NRDC 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.

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Spotlight on Liquid Environmental Solutions

Liquid Environmental                                      Solutions
Credit: Liquid Environmental Solutions
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.

 

MIDWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

MI Townsend Energy Solutions 36 jobs in first year; 875 new jobs over next 5 yrs 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) Energy Efficiency;  Electric Vehicles

Announced
IA/IL Illinois Department of Transportation Up to 2,000 jobs The Illinois DOT has released $177 million in federal funding for the new Chicago-to-Moline passenger rail corridor; service is expected to start in 2014, connecting Chicago and the Quad Cities. Multiple locations

Sen. Thomas Harkin (D), Sen. Charles Grassley (R), Sen. Mark Kirk (R), Sen. Richard Durbin (D), Multiple Representatives
Public Transportation

Announced

NORTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

NY Hollingsworth and Vose 18 full-time jobs 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)
Manufacturing (Efficient Vehicles)

In Operation
NY Town of Hempstead 12 construction jobs 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)
Generation (Wind)

In Progress
PA EverPower Wind Holdings 100 construction jobs; 10 full-time jobs EverPower Wind Holdings announced plans to build a 30 MW wind project to power approximately 9,000 homes; the $60 million farm is expected to be fully operational Q4 2012. Cambria County, PA - Sen. Robert Casey (D), Sen. Patrick Toomey (R), Rep. Mark Critz (D-12) Generation (Wind)

Announced
PA Camel City Solar LLC 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)
Manufacturing (Solar)

Announced

SOUTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

NC Hitachi Metals 65 full-time jobs 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) Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced
NC Semprius, Inc. 256 In 2012, Semprius will open a 50,000 square-foot plant that will manufacture concentrated photovoltaic cells and modules.  At full build out, the plant will have a capacity of 35 MW. Henderson, NC -
Sen. Richard Burr (R), Sen. Kay Hagan (D), Rep. Bradley Miller (D-13)
Manufacturing (Solar)

In Progress

SOUTHWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

AZ Boulevard Associates, LLC (subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources) 360 jobs during peak construction; 16 full-time jobs NextEra Energy received approval from the federal government to build a $1.3 billion solar farm in Maricopa County; the 300MW project is expected to generate enough energy to power 90,000 homes. Maricopa County, AZ - Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Jon Kyl (R), Rep. Trent Franks (R-2) Generation (Solar)

Announced
AZ Magna International Inc. 50-60 full-time jobs 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) Manufacturing (Solar)

In Progress

WEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

CA Altec 50+ full-time jobs 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) Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

In Progress
CA Centinela Solar Energy, LLC 360 jobs
during peak     construction;  5-7 full-time jobs
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)
Generation (Solar)

Announced
CA The Oak Grove School District and Chevron Energy Solutions 25 construction jobs 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)
Generation (Solar)

In Operation
HI Sempra Energy 150 construction jobs; 5 full-time jobs 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) Generation (Wind)

 Announced

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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