The Green Jobcast, episode 6, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. (download mp3) 3 minutes
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First up…it urns out that Green jobs account for 3 percent of Oregon’s workforce, the Oregon Employment Department said in a report released this week. The report, based on a survey of employers, found 51,402 green jobs in Oregon in 2008, spread across 226 occupations.
The job types came in fields such as energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental cleanup and restoration. The 5 occupations with the most green jobs were carpenters, farmworkers, truck drivers, hazardous materials removal workers, and landscaping and groundskeeping workers. Together these workers represented 27 percent of Oregon’s green jobs.
In Sacramento, California – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the recipients for 11 new regional California Green Job Corps pilot programs throughout the state. The Participants are 1,500 at-risk young adults aged 16-24. They will receive career training in energy/utilities efficiency and sustainability, green construction, green waste, agricultural and natural resources, solar power and alternative automotive fuel.
According to the San Franciso Business Times: A California-based company has been allocated five megawatts of low-cost hydropower to encourage the construction and operation of a $200 million solar panel manufacturing plant in western New York state.
The new facility for Sunworks Solar LLC would create an estimated 175 permanent clean-energy jobs and 300 construction jobs. The location of the operation has not been determined yet. The facility will manufacture ready-to-deploy solar panels for commercial, government and utility solar markets.
The Idahostatesman in Boise is reporting that – Exergy Development Group will begin this summer to build 14 wind parks across southern Idaho – in Elmore, Cassia, Lincoln and Bingham counties – the parks will produce 228 megawatts of electricity and put Idaho in the top 20 states for wind power. The Boise company says it will create 275 jobs in seven months of construction and 22 permanent positions in the largest wind development project to date in the state. The new wind parks will produce enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.
Continental Wind Power plans to build its first U.S. wind turbine manufacturing and development center in Santa Paula. Discussions have been going on since last fall about locating the manufacturing plant in Santa Paula, which could benefit from as many as 500 new jobs.
Founded in 2007, Continental Wind Power builds and installs midsized wind turbines for large power consumers such as factories, farms and county and city governments. It plans to begin producing turbines in 2010.
Finally, Cornell University will step into the search for alternative fuel. Leaders and professors from the school cut the ribbon on the new $6 million Biofuels Research Laboratory. The lab will be used to study and research ways to convert non-food crops such as sugars from grasses and wood into fuel.