The Green Jobcast, episode 28, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news about a new solar company HQ, a new wind turbine manufacturer and green2v jobs. (download mp3) (3 min)


The Associated Press is reporting that a New wind farm is planned for eastern Colorado
An Xcel Energy Inc. company has agreed to buy power from a new wind farm in eastern Colorado that will bring up to 200 construction jobs. Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. based in Broomfield says it will begin construction on Cedar Point Wind farm in Lincoln and Elbert counties by the middle of this year. The company says Cedar Point will employ up to 200 people during construction and about 12 people after the wind farm is complete.
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In Sacremento CA, Solar Power Inc. will build its new solar-panel manufacturing operation and headquarters at McClellan Business Park, ending weeks of speculation. The company will begin construction on the 100,000-square-foot building in July and should be completed in early 2011.
The nine-month project will create about 120 construction-related jobs, with 100 full-time permanent employees permanently.

Mitsubishi said Tuesday it is aiming to produce wind turbines in Fort Smith Arkansas by next year at a new $100 million plant, a facility that signals the company is seeking to regain its U.S. customers.

Company executives gathered with state and local officials to mark Mitsubishi’s decision to build the plant, which will employ at least 400 people and help stem the tide of manufacturing jobs that have left the Fort Smith area.

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas is to start construction in the fall, produce its first turbine next year and reach full production in 2012, said Ichiro Fukue, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. About 200 construction jobs will be created as the plant is built.

The plant’s work force could expand to 500, Fukue said, if the market grows.

In new mexico Green 2v a solar manufacturer is going to build its headquarters in Rio Rancho New Mexico and bring 1,500 jobs according to a story by KOB4. Green2V will manufacture solar cells and modular glass frames and will design, install, operate and finance the systems. Green2V CEO Bill Sheppard, who ran Intel Corp.’s Rio Rancho plant in the 1990s, said the company expects to break ground on the 124-acre site in the next few weeks. Green2V will manufacture solar cells and modular glass frames and will design, install, operate and finance the systems, Sheppard said.

“We are a fully integrated renewable energy company, and our motto is ‘Sand to kilowatts,’” Sheppard said. “We will take sand and make wafers and glass and produce solar cells and the modules and the frames that the glass will go in.”

Sheppard said he and the company’s seven other founders have 220 collective years of experience in the high-tech industry. He said Green2V’s approach of controlling the entire manufacturing process — from obtaining the sand to producing wafers and glass — will help reduce the cost of solar-generated electricity.
The firm hopes to begin delivering its solar energy systems to customers by the summer of 2011, Sheppard said. Gov. Bill Richardson said the project ultimately could lead to 3,000 new jobs in the state.