The Green Jobcast, episode 19, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on wind turbine manufacturing in Colorado and geothermal plants in Nevada (download mp3) 3 minutes
First up… Vestas is coming to Colorado bringing thousands of new green jobs for Colorado……from the Denver Post …Vestas announced last year it will build a $290 million plant in Brighton for assembling wind-turbine nacelles and making blades. The facility is expected to be in operation by next year. The blade factory will employ about 650 people and the nacelle plant will have about 700 employees, Vestas has said. The plant is a unit of Danish wind-power giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S, which also has plants in Windsor and Pueblo.
Vestas, working with SOS Staffing, said late Monday it is recruiting an unspecified number of full-time production and warehouse positions for the Brighton plant. Those interested should visit www.sosstaffing.com/vestas to submit a resume or application in advance.
New York City plans to double its current green work force by creating over 13,000 new green jobs in the next decade, partly by competing with London to become the new center for carbon trading, a city official said on Wednesday.
New York City’s new boot camp in green finance will be run by the State University of New York’s Levin Institute. It will be open to laid-off workers or future entrepreneurs, much like an already “booming” incubator for financial start-ups, Pinsky said.
The city will also capitalize on its breezy coastlines by installing wind turbines at Hunts Point in The Bronx. Solar projects are planned for the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Long Island City. Pittsburgh a company called FLABEG, a global specialty glass manufacturer, has just opened a solar mirror factory by Pittsburgh International Airport that will bring an estimated 200 solar jobs to the region, and perhaps as many as 300.
The new $30 million facility will initially focus on its core production line of parabolic curved solar mirrors. Months before the plant opened it already received 700,000 orders, and FLABEG expects to reach a capacity of 1 million mirrors annually.
Nevada energy companies will receive nearly $93 million in federal grants to develop geothermal power…The money will fund 20 projects in Northern Nevada and create an estimated 1,100 jobs, said U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who made the announcement with Chu. It also will benefit Nevada companies developing five projects outside the state. The grant recipients, most based in Reno, will match the federal funds with private money and nearly triple the number of geothermal power plants in Nevada from 21 to 60, Reid said. Check out this site for geothermal jobs.