The Green Jobcast, episode 13, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. (download mp3) 3 minutes



First up… Cobalt Biofuels (based in Mt. View, CA) has raised $25 million to commercialize bio-butanol which can be blended into gasoline, ethanol or used as a solvent. They currently have openings in Bioprocess development.

Seatlle based Clean Scapes, whose trucks are powered by natural gas has acquired $1.6 million to expand their recycling and trash collection business. They have openings in route management and operations.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzengger just announced the creation of the Clean Energy Workforce Training Program, the nation’s largest state-sponsored green jobs training program.

The program will be funded by $75 million from stimulus funds, public-private partnerships and state and local funding.

It will train more than 20,000 new or re-skilled clean energy workers to build a workforce capable of performing the jobs necessary to meet the state’s goals of renewable energy development, climate change reduction, clean transportation and green building construction.

In ROTHSCHILD, Wisconsin We Energies announced the proposed construction of a $250 million biomass-fueled power plant at Domtar Corporation’s Rothschild, Wisconsin paper mill site. Wood, waste wood and sawdust will be used to produce 50 megawatts of electricity.

The partnership between We Energies and Domtar will add another technology to We Energies’ renewable energy portfolio.

That portfolio includes the state’s largest wind development — the 145 megawatt Blue Sky Green Field Wind Energy Center in Fond du Lac County and the proposed 162 megawatt Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County. Together, these projects will be capable of generating enough renewable energy to supply around 120,000 homes.

The project is expected to create approximately 400 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs in the surrounding community, including independent wood suppliers and haulers from northern and central Wisconsin who will secure waste wood for the project.

In florida a solar cell equipment maker is moving from Sarasota County to Manatee County and expects to be adding 125 jobs in the next two years. Mustang Vacuum Systems LLC, which now employs 25, expects to pay an average wage of more than $44,000, according to the Manatee Economic Development Council. The company, which is receiving a grant from Manatee County and money from the state, will move from its site at 1675 Independence Blvd. to the Sarasota Commerce Center in south Manatee County. Mustang’s president, expects the new plant to open by the end of this year. The new 50,000-square-foot plant will allow Mustang to expand its production of “thin-film solar photovoltaic cell equipment.