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Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter February 27, 2012, Volume 15
WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!
Please find below Volume 15 of E2’s weekly wrap-up of job announcements and project developments in the clean economy. Compiled from news sources around the country, this week’s clean energy jobs report highlights a number of solar and wind projects throughout the nationIn the Southwest and West regions, three new solar power generation projects are set to create hundreds of new jobs. In Imperial Valley, CA, 8minutenergy Renewables signed a power contract with San Diego Gas and Electric for its 200 MW Mount Signal Solar project that will create 450 jobs. Matinee Energy unveiled plans to build a new solar research and manufacturing facility in Benson, AZ that could lead to up to 600 new jobs. Along with the new plant, the company will develop a training program for the local workforce.
Wind generation projects also feature prominently in this week’s newsletter, including the commissioning of BP’s wind farm in West Texas and Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s 227.5MW in Dewey County, OK, which had employed.650 construction workers. Siemens announced the opening of a new wind turbine distribution center, and expects to hire 20-25 veterans. Several new efficiency and manufacturing projects were also spotlighted.
Read below for more details on the 11 new job announcements in 10 states from this week’s report. To view previous issues of this newsletter, click here.
Spotlight on Jonathan Rose Companies LLC
West 135th Apartments Credit:Jonathan Rose Companies LLC
Jonathan Rose Companies LLC is an award-winning green real estate policy, planning, development, civic development, and investment firm. A leading green urban solutions provider, Jonathan Rose Companies currently manages the development of over $1.5 billion of real estate projects. One such project, the West 135th Apartments in New York, is filled with green features that protect the environment, promote energy and cost savings, as well as provide a healthy, positive living experience for its residents.
The company, in conjunction with Citi Community Capital, recently launched a $75 million affordable housing fund which will redevelop existing multifamily properties with new green features, as well as evaluate select investments for the development of energy-efficient apartment buildings in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington D.C., creating a wealth of jobs at each project site.
Jonathan F.P. Rose, President and Founder, is an E2 member. For more information, please visit www.rosecompanies.com.
The Focus on Energy initiative has created 41 jobs statewide through its residential energy efficiency programs; the project works with Wisconsin residents and businesses to manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development and protect the environment.
State of Wisconsin - Sen. Ron Johnson (R); Sen. Herbert Kohl (D)
15 full-time jobs immediately; 100 full time jobs over 2 to 3 years
Warner Power opened its new plant, where it will build Hexaformers, a new, highly-efficient electrical transformer for industrial use; according to representatives, Hexaformers could save up to $2.2 billion in energy costs.
Hollis, NH - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), Rep. Charles Bass (R-2)
Aquion Energy announced selection of the site for its first full-scale manufacturing facility in SW Pennsylvania; build-out will begin immediately, with initial product manufacturing schedule for 2013.
East Huntingdon, PA - Sen. Robert Casey (D), Sen. Patrick Toomey (R), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18)
BP announced the completion of the 150 MW Sherbino 2 Wind Farm in West Texas; which will generate enough electricity to power 45,000 average American homes; BP now has more than 1,000 wind turbines across 7 states.
Pecos County, TX - Sen. John Cornyn (R), Sen. Kay Hutchinson (R), Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-23)
Matinee Energy unveiled plans to build a solar research and manufacturing facility; the project is expected to boost the local economy with 600 jobs; the company will also be partnering with Cochise College for local workforce training.
Benson, AZ - Sen. John McCain (R), Sen. Jon Kyl (R), district is currently vacant
Edeniq plans to inaugurate its new pilot cellulosic ethanol plant this coming March; the project received a $25 million grant from the DOE to retrofit the plant enabling fuel production from various biomass feedstocks.
Visalia, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-21)
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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