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Clean Energy Jobs Newsletter
June 5 2012, Volume 24

 

WHAT CLEAN ENERGY JOBS? THESE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS!

Please find below Volume 24 of Environmental Entrepreneurs’ (E2’s) bi-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, wind and transportation projects throughout the nation, as well as reports of emerging trends in the energy space.

DuPont has inaugurated its upgraded Circleville, OH production facility; the new plant will produce solar power components, and bring 25 jobs to the region each year.  Lectrus, a solar equipment manufacturer, announced that it is looking to hire 30 additional employees at its company’s Chattanooga, TN plant, including full-time electricians, welders, painters and quality inspectors.  Motech Industries, a manufacturer of PV modules, announced plans to hire new workers to join the 55 employees currently working at the Newark, DE plant.

Atlantic Power has begun work on its 300MW Canadian Hills Wind farm in Oklahoma; the $470 million project will generate enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes.  Meanwhile, Consumers Energy is on schedule in construction of the 100MW Lake Winds Energy Park facility.  Once operational, the wind farm will account for nearly $4 million per year of direct and indirect economic impact to Mason County, MI.

Read below for more details on the 12 new job announcements in 11 states from this week’s report. To view previous issues of this newsletter, click here.

Spotlight on Applied Energy Technologies

Applied Energy Technologies, headquartered outside of Detroit in Clinton Township, Michigan, is leveraging American ingenuity from the auto industry into a different sector: solar manufacturing. Founded several years go by current president and CEO, Craig Winn, and his team of three engineers from the automotive industry, AET has grown rapidly, increasing from two employees to nearly 50 in only three years.


The secret to their success is in their manufacturing process, employing precision techniques used in automotive manufacturing to make high-quality solar racking systems, the metal frames used to hold up solar panels on the ground or on rooftops. AET’s workforce includes many who were formerly employed in the auto industry, but lost their jobs during the recession. This year AET has doubled its production capacity opening a new plant in Ohio.


For more information on AET, please visit http://aetenergy.com/

 

MIDWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

OH

DuPont

25 full-time jobs

DuPont inaugurated its upgraded Circleville, OH production facility; the new plant will produce components used in the manufacture of solar panels.

Circleville, OH - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), Sen. Robert Portman (R), Rep. Steve Austria (R-7)

Manufacturing (Solar)

In Operation

MI

Consumers Energy

150 construction jobs; 8-12 full time jobs

Consumers Energy is on schedule in construction of the 100MW Lake Winds Energy Park facility.  Once operational, the wind farm will account for nearly $4 million per year of direct and indirect economic impact to Mason County.

Mason County, MI - Sen. Carl Levin (D), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D), Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-2)

Generation (Wind)

In Progress

NORTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

DE
Motech Industries
4 full-time jobs
Motech Industries, a manufacturer of PV modules, announced plans to hire new workers to join the 55 employees currently working at the Newark, DE plant; the company is looking to hire employees in specialized engineering, technical and human resource areas.
Newark, DE - Sen. Chris Coons (D), Sen. Thomas Carper (D), Rep. John Carney (D)
Manufacturing (Solar)

Announced
NY
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
400 construction jobs; 300 full-time jobs
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation announced plans to build a 222,000-square-foot Green Manufacturing Center in Brooklyn, NY; the company will invest $46 million in the 300-acre industrial park, which received several government incentives including: $7.5M from the New York City Council and $2.5M from the U.S.EDA. Brooklyn, NY - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), Sen. Charles Schumer (D), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-12)
Manufacturing (Clean Energy)

Announced

SOUTH CENTRAL

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ADDED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

OK
Atlantic Power Corp.
200 construction jobs; 15-20 full-time jobs
Atlantic Power Corp. announced that work has begun on the 300MW Canadian Hills Wind farm; the $470 million project will generate enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes.
Oklahoma City, OK - Sen. Thomas Coburn(R), Sen. James Inhofe (R), Rep. James Lankford (R-5)
Generation (Wind)

In Progress
TX
Alstom Energy
25 full-time jobs
Set-up of Alstom’s LEED silver Amarillo wind turbine nacelle assembly is now complete and workers have started assembling 3MW-sized nacelles.  In Jan. 2010, Amarillo awarded Alstom a $12.5-million economic development incentive package in addition to a $2.7 million federal tax credit for the plant.
Amarillo, TX - Sen. John Cornyn (R), Sen. Kay Hutchinson (R), Rep. William Thornberry (R-13)
Manufacturing (Wind)

In Operation

SOUTHEAST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

AL
Daikin Industries
50 full-time jobs
Daikin Industries announced plans to expand production of lightweight and heat-resistant material used for automotive parts; the company plans to expand its Decatur, AL facility, providing 50 new jobs for workers in the area.
Decatur, AL - Sen. Jefferson Sessions (R), Sen. Richard Shelby (R), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-5)
Manufacturing (Electric Vehicles)

Announced
NC
O2 Energies
50 construction jobs
O2 Energies is currently developing the 4.5MW Ararat Rock Solar farm in Mt. Airy, NC; the project will use 18,000 REC solar modules manufactured with US produced silicon; completion is expected for Q4 2012.
Mt. Airy, NC - Sen. Richard Burr (R), Sen. Kay Hagan (D), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-5)
Generation (Solar)

Announced
TN
Lectrus
30 full-time jobs
Lectrus, a solar equipment manufacturer, announced that it is looking for additional employees after a 25,000-square-foot expansion last year; the company’s Chattanooga, TN plant is hiring full-time electricians, welders, painters and quality inspectors.
Chattanooga, TN - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R), Sen. Bob Corker (R), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-3)
Manufacturing (Solar)

Announced

SOUTHWEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

UT

Bella Energy
14 construction jobs
Bella Energy announced the completion of a nearly 4 acre solar array, the largest in the State of Utah; the 1.65MW project consists of 6,006 solar modules and will cover 17% of the Salt Palace Convention Center’s annual electrical usage.
Salt Lake City, UT - Sen. Mike Lee (R), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-1), Rep. Jim Matheson (D-2), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-3)
Generation (Solar)

In Operation

WEST

STATE

COMPANY/PROGRAM

JOBS ANNOUNCED

PROJECT INFO

LOCATION &
DISTRICT

SECTOR/
STATUS

CA
Marin Clean Energy
25 jobs
Marin Energy announced plans to install a nearly 1 MW rooftop solar power in Marin County, CA; the San Rafael Airport project would consist of 5,000 solar panels, spread throughout the 48 existing aircraft hangars, becoming the largest solar array in the area; completion is expected for Fall 2012.
San Rafael, CA - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-6)
Generation (Solar)

Announced
CA
NRG Energy
1,500 full-time jobs
NRG Energy is looking to build at least 200 Freedom Station electric vehicle charging sites in California, including the Los Angeles Basin, San Joaquin Valley, San Diego County and San Francisco Bay Area. NRG has initially invested $102.5 million into the project.
Throughout California - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
Electric Vehicles

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 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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