Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has announced a significant addition to Michigan’s burgeoning clean-energy industrial base as Georgia-based Suniva Inc. will invest $250 million in a new solar manufacturing facility in Saginaw County’s Thomas Township. Suniva will create 500 new jobs over the next five years subject to receiving a Department of Energy loan guarantee, which the company recently applied for.
Also in Michigan…Dow Chemical has been working on a solar shingle for a couple of years now, and Monday, the company said it was ready to test market the product. If it works, it would turn any home that uses them into a mini power station. It could also bring jobs to Mid-Michigan. Dow Solar Solutions currently employs 60 people, but if this product does what the company believes it can do, there could be several hundred jobs to follow. The solar shingles have been produced at Dow’s Solar Solution facility, and it’s possible shingles like these will be in limited use next year.
We’ve got a few new green jobs to tell you about, first on Jobs in Solar Power, Clean Energy Constructors (Phoenix, Arizona) has an opening for Senior Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Installer – Perform duties of a commercial Senior PV Electrical Installer for Clean Energy Constructors (CEC). You must possess the skills necessary to plan, organize and perform all PV installation activities, such as, racking/panel mounting, equipment & metering installation, substation breaker installation, and associated DC/AC conduit & wire installation. You must be able to meet with clients to coordinate the completion of the roof-top or ground mount arrays.
Unirac, Inc. (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is seeking a Structural engineer job. Highly successful, rapid growing solar module racking manufacturer seeking Structural Engineer to provide technical support for the Custom Solutions Group. Responsibilities will include heavy emphasis on structural analysis and design of racking components and systems for a variety of standard and custom configurations, interpretation and application of building codes, and extensive interaction with customers. Bachelor’s degree in structural engineering with a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive design experience is required. Experience in the design of cold-formed steel for structural applications and knowledge of construction practices and standards is strongly desired.
And in Sullivan County NY, Sullivan County Community College is looking for Wind Turbine Technology Faculty. Instructor needed to implement a curriculum in Wind Turbine Technology in spring 2010 and teach major classes starting in August 2010. The instructor will assist in recruiting and marketing activities and teach additional courses appropriate to experience until the curriculum is fully implemented.
Qualifications include a Master’s degree (strongly preferred) or Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated equivalent industry experience in operating and maintaining large and small wind turbines (required).