Wind & Solar jobs in the Green Jobcast #20

The Green Jobcast, episode 20, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on wind jobs in Indiana and Pennsylnnia solar jobs (download mp3) 3 minutes

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The Philadelphia Inquirier is reporting that Pennsylvannia governor Rendell is expected to announce that a Greek solar-panel manufacturing company (Heliotechniki S.A) intends to build a production facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, a development that local officials hailed yesterday as an important step in positioning the city to be a key player in the emerging clean-energy economy. The plant is expected to create 400 to 500 jobs.

Also in Pennsylvannia, A company that makes cells that convert sunlight to energy wants to hire as many as 15 people at two locations near Pittsburgh. Solar Power Industries Inc. is based in Rostraver and already has about 250 employees. The company needs production and manufacturing workers at its headquarters and at a plant in East Huntingdon Township, both in Westmoreland County. The company has received $7.5 million in state aid for the plant and hopes to create 375 jobs over the next three years. They make solar cells, silicon ingots and solar modules used to turn sunlight into electric energy.

In Wind Power news

California-based WindStream Technologies Inc. plans to locate a development and production facility at Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana, state officials said Monday morning. The move is expected to create more than 260 jobs by 2012.

The startup company manufactures small-scale wind turbines called TurboMills, designed to capture wind energy in urban settings.

In Indiana…Windstream plans to invest millions to establish operations at the Purdue Technology Center in New Albany, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said in a written release. The company plans to begin hiring assembly and distribution workers and professional staff as facility and equipment upgrades are made at the site.

A new wind-power blade manufacturing plant that will create an estimated 1,000 jobs is in the works, according to Dallas-based Tang Energy. The company is gearing up to supply blades for a $1.5 billion Texas wind farm. Today’s announcement is only the latest indication of the many positive effects on the U.S. economy of developing domestic energy sources.

U.S. Renewable Energy Group (led by Dallas investor Cappy McGarr), A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd. of Shenyang, China, and Cielo Wind Power LP of Austin plan to build a wind farm capable of generating more than 600 megawatts of electricity on 36,000 acres of land. According to the Dallas Morning News, the project calls for 240 Chinese-made turbines and 720 blades, each 157 feet long.

Site selection is already under way.

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