Solar Shingles, Wind Spires and Renewable Energy – Green Jobcast #25

The Green Jobcast, episode 25, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news Dow’s Solar Shingles project, a new wind spire manufacturer and a new renewable engery plant in Milwaukee. (download mp3) (3 min)

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Mariah Power and Mas Tech Manufacturing’s new wind turbine production facility is now open in Manistee (MI). Mas Tech will produce the Windspire turbine, and employ up to 140 people when full production is operational. Currently they have 15 employees but expect up to 100 jobs by the end of the year. They manufacture wind spires for homes and businesses. Visit Mariah Power website.

A new $225 million plan for power creation in Milwaukee says it would go green with garbage.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the Project Apollo renewable energy plant would create power for 20,000 homes and have the potential to double that capacity. Alliance Federated Energy says it wants to build a facility to take tons of garbage, warm it with high heat, and make synthetic gas to be converted into power.
There is no final word on where in Milwaukee this plant will be located, but the former Tower Automotive site is a possibility. The project’s expected to create 250 construction jobs and 45 full time positions by 2013.

A Michigan town has been selected as preferred site of new DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle facility
Midland would be home to the first full-scale production facility for the DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle if local, state and federal funding comes together in support of the project. Once the project moves forward, it could bring more than 1,200 jobs to the region by 2014.

The world’s largest manufacturer of lithium ion batteries is pushing the green-tech revolution forward with an $85 million expansion slated to bring hundreds of jobs to Sylmar, CA. Quallion LLC announced this week that a 50,000-square-foot addition to its Sylmar factory will bring up to 200 more jobs to its northeast San Fernando Valley plant.

The privately held company aims to move beyond making lithium ion cells for medical, aerospace and military use to batteries designed for alternative-energy wind and solar farms…the company now employs 85 workers and has 30 current job openings, from production workers to administrators to engineers, paying from $10 an hour to more than $100,000 a year.

Amid a state-wide feud over the job creation spin-offs of President Obama’s stimulus package, a Massachusetts clean energy design and construction firm announced Tuesday that it has raised $6.5 million in venture financing to help underwrite a national expansion strategy. The move comes scarcely a week after the company, Nexamp Inc., of North Andover, secured a $20 million deal to install 4 megawatts of solar generation capacity on a dozen state water and waste-water treatment facilities. Company officials say that deal will create about 100 engineering and construction jobs in New England’s fast-growing clean energy market.

“Anyone questioning whether the stimulus package is creating jobs should come to Nexamp,” said the state’s governor, Deval Patrick, according to The Eagle-Tribune. With 45 employees, Nexamp designs and builds integrated renewable energy and energy conservation projects on behalf of a range of clients, according to the company’s president and chief operating officer, Dan Leary.

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