What is a green job?

This is green jobs week here on JobRadio. We recently recorded a webinar about green jobs put on by the AARP. In this 12 min segment you’ll get introduced to the presenters and learn the defintion of a green job. (download mp3) or play live:

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AARP webinar – Green Jobs: What They Are and Where to Find Them. We hope the information and resources shared during the webinar were valuable to you. If you were unable to attend this event or did attend and would like to view all resources related to this webinar, please see the links below: ”

1. “PowerPoint presentation (PDF text version)”

2. For more information on green job career resources, visit Jim Cassio’s website: www.cassio.com. You can download your free copy of Jim’s Green Careers Resource Guide at this site.

Lets talk about green jobs

Mark Gragg from GreenManAlliance stops by to talk about the green job market.

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Biggest windfarm in world coming to Oregon, Green Jobcast #21

The Green Jobcast, episode 21, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on the worlds biggest windfarm to be built in Oregon (download mp3) 3 minutes 45 sec

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“Green” jobs increased at close to three times the rate of total jobs in California between 1995 and 2008, according to a new report. The report, called “Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs,” was releasedlast week by the nonpartisan organizations Next 10 and by Mountain View-based Collaborative Economics, a research and consulting firm. According to the report, as the California economy slowed between 2007 and 2008, total employment fell 1 percent, but green jobs grew by 5 percent.

Between 1995 and 2008, total jobs in California grew by 13 percent, while green jobs grew by 36 percent, from 117,000 to 159,000 jobs, and green businesses increased by 45 percent, according to the report.
Sacramento led the state with green job growth of 87 percent between 1995 and 2008, from 7,019 jobs in 1995 to 13,102 jobs in 2008. Sacramento was followed by San Diego (57 percent), the Bay Area (51 percent) and Orange County and Inland Empire (50 percent), according to the report.

General Electric has won a contract to build the biggest wind farm in the United States in Oregon. The wind farm will be located in Shepherds Flat, Oregon and when completed will be the biggest wind farm in operation in the world.

It will cover 30 square miles and will produce 845 megawatts of power, enough to power 235,000 homes. Shepherd Flats is located in the Northeast portion of Oregon. The construction phase will provide approximately 400 jobs during construction, but will provide less than 50 permanent jobs after completion.

In Michigan Saginaw County leaders are trying to attract a solar manufacturer’s project that could bring 500 jobs and a $250 million solar investment has gained a foothold.

Saginaw County leaders this week gave their blessing to efforts to obtain $10 million in state Community Development Block grants and set up a renaissance tax zone.

Norcross, Georgia-based Suniva wants to build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing center if it can get state and federal grants and loans in a planned 235-acre renewable energy park at the northwest corner of M-52 and M-46 in Thomas Township.

New solar plant planned near Hinkley California

According to the Contra Cost Times Victorville energy company is planning to build a 250-megawatt solar electric plant near Hinkley, which will create dozens of news jobs and provide electricity for about 250,000 High Desert residents.

The Abengoa Mojave Solar plant will be built on a large swath of land nine miles northwest of Hinkley, north of Highway 58 and east of the Kramer Junction. It will employ 68 full-time workers, from top management down to unskilled laborers once it begins operation, said Percy Della, spokesman for the California Energy Commission. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2010, with a targeted completion date of fall 2012.

Payroll for the two-year construction project is estimated at $272 million, with about 830 workers on site per day and more than 1,100 workers on site at the peak of construction. Local expenditures during the construction phase are expected to be more than $100 million, Della said.

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.

Green Jobcast #19 wind power manufacturing jobs

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

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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.

Solar projects and geothermal jobs – Green Jobcast #18

The Green Jobcast, episode 18, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on solar projects and geothermal jobs. (download mp3) 3 minutes

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First up… the Hartford business journal is reporting that Constellation Energy Group Inc. said today it will build a photovoltaic system to generate solar power at an entertainment complex adjacent to the New England Patriots’ stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The power system will generate about 525 kilowatts at Patriot Place, the 1.3-million-square-foot entertainment, retail and dining complex next to the NFL team’s Gillette Stadium. Topping seven roofs, the power system will supply about 30 percent of Patriot Place’s power, Constellation said.

Construction is expected to begin in late October and will require installation of about 2,800 photovoltaic panels, the company said. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, spokesman Aaron Koos said.

Constellation Energy estimates the system will generate more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years and will prevent the release of more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The company said that is equal to removing more than 1,600 cars from the road for a year.

A large scale solar energy project at Fort Irwin California is expected to create hundreds of jobs, but shovels won’t be hitting the ground for another two to three years. The solar sites will create up to 400 construction jobs and 350 jobs to maintain and operate the power plants over a 10-year period, according to Brian Crunk, project manager of Clark Energy Group, one of the two renewable energy developers working on the project.

The Arlington, Va.-based group has teamed with Acciona Solar Power, based in Madrid, Spain, which operates the massive Nevada Solar One power plants in Boulder City, Nev. Once completed, the solar power plants will be the Department of Defense’s largest ever solar energy project.

In Pennsylvannia the Daily Item is reporting that the Milton Borough Council planning commission approved a $32 million plan to build the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi River in a portion of the Milton Industrial Park. The proposed farm, to feature 26,000 solar panels, will produce enough daytime power for two businesses in the industrial park. The project will create 10 full-time jobs to design, build and operate the farm, 50 full-time local green support jobs, and five temporary jobs, to build the solar farm system.

A new geothermal plant in Idaho is providing electricity for 10,000 homes and heating up Idaho’s clean energy economy. Recent analysis by federal agencies documents the West’s extensive geothermal resources, estimating over 8,000 megawatts of electrical power could be generated from identified geothermal resources in the western United States. “Across the rural West, we can warm up the job market, grow our businesses, and heat up our economy with geothermal power,” said Bill Midcap, Director of Renewable Energy Development for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

The western United States has abundant geothermal resources. The recent federal report identified geothermal resources in all 12 western states. The report found that the “hottest resources” where “commercial electric generation would most likely occur” include central and northern Nevada, western Utah, and southern and central Idaho.

Solar and Wind Jobs – Green Jobcast #17

The Green Jobcast, episode 17, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. This week news on solar jobs and wind jobs. (download mp3) 3 minutes

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Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has announced a significant addition to Michigan’s burgeoning clean-energy industrial base as Georgia-based Suniva Inc. will invest $250 million in a new solar manufacturing facility in Saginaw County’s Thomas Township. Suniva will create 500 new jobs over the next five years subject to receiving a Department of Energy loan guarantee, which the company recently applied for.

Also in Michigan…Dow Chemical has been working on a solar shingle for a couple of years now, and Monday, the company said it was ready to test market the product. If it works, it would turn any home that uses them into a mini power station. It could also bring jobs to Mid-Michigan. Dow Solar Solutions currently employs 60 people, but if this product does what the company believes it can do, there could be several hundred jobs to follow. The solar shingles have been produced at Dow’s Solar Solution facility, and it’s possible shingles like these will be in limited use next year.

We’ve got a few new green jobs to tell you about, first on Jobs in Solar Power, Clean Energy Constructors (Phoenix, Arizona) has an opening for Senior Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Installer – Perform duties of a commercial Senior PV Electrical Installer for Clean Energy Constructors (CEC). You must possess the skills necessary to plan, organize and perform all PV installation activities, such as, racking/panel mounting, equipment & metering installation, substation breaker installation, and associated DC/AC conduit & wire installation. You must be able to meet with clients to coordinate the completion of the roof-top or ground mount arrays.

Unirac, Inc. (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is seeking a Structural engineer job. Highly successful, rapid growing solar module racking manufacturer seeking Structural Engineer to provide technical support for the Custom Solutions Group. Responsibilities will include heavy emphasis on structural analysis and design of racking components and systems for a variety of standard and custom configurations, interpretation and application of building codes, and extensive interaction with customers. Bachelor’s degree in structural engineering with a minimum of eight (8) years of progressive design experience is required. Experience in the design of cold-formed steel for structural applications and knowledge of construction practices and standards is strongly desired.

And in Sullivan County NY, Sullivan County Community College is looking for Wind Turbine Technology Faculty. Instructor needed to implement a curriculum in Wind Turbine Technology in spring 2010 and teach major classes starting in August 2010. The instructor will assist in recruiting and marketing activities and teach additional courses appropriate to experience until the curriculum is fully implemented.

Qualifications include a Master’s degree (strongly preferred) or Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated equivalent industry experience in operating and maintaining large and small wind turbines (required).

The Green Jobcast #16 – green jobs

The Green Jobcast, episode 16, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. (download mp3) 3 minutes

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Hartford-based Northeast Utilities’ Western Massachusetts Electric Co. unit is soliciting site proposals as well as contractors and suppliers to build New England’s first large-scale solar energy system.

WMECo plans to install up to 3 megawatts of photovoltaic facilities during 2010 and will begin its solicitation of potential sites in the coming weeks. Up to six megawatts of solar facilities will be built — enough to power 6,000 homes. Construction is expected to begin in early 2010.

In Colorado E2Logicx Solar is planning to create 130 new jobs when it opens a new manufacturing facility and its world headquarters in Brush. The 18-month construction period for the new facility is expected to begin in late winter of 2010. the plant would fill many of its 130 permanent positions through creating internship and job-training programs.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants world leaders meeting this week at the UN to know that by reducing global warming they could be creating 10 million new green jobs – Blair stated that the 10 million new jobs would stem from initiatives to cut greenhouse gases. He released the report in New York showing that a global climate agreement could increase the world’s GDP by 0.8 percent by 2020, as compared to doing nothing.

In Tipton County Indiana,… 3 separate governing bodies approved a set of incentives that keep the county in the running for Apex, a solar-energy company that could create hundreds of jobs.

The county commissioners, county council and redevelopment commission OK’d a resolution that spells out incentives the county will offer to land the company. The firm is interested in the vacant Getrag Transmission Manufacturing LLC building at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Indiana 28. Officials say Apex would invest $450 million in property improvements and equipment and create 850 jobs.

More Wind Power = More U.S. Jobs according to a new Report: The rapidly growing U.S. wind industry could well create new manufacturing opportunities and restore jobs lost in the recent economic downturn, according to a new report by researchers at Duke University’s Center for Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC).

Global wind capacity has grown at an average rate of 30% per year over the past decade and the United States is currently the world leader in producing wind power. The report entitled, “Wind Power: Generating Electricity and Employment,” reveals hidden economic opportunities that exist within the supply chains that provide parts and labor for the wind power industry.

“Every time a wind power project is installed it creates jobs, not only in the manufacturing sector, but also for structural engineers, surveyors, mechanics, sheet metal workers, machinists, truck drivers, construction equipment operators and wind turbine operators,” the reports author noted.

Website: www.cggc.duke.edu/environment/climatesolutions/

The Green Jobcast #15 (fastest green job occupations)

The Green Jobcast, episode 15, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. (download mp3) 3 minutes

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“In order to succeed in the 21st century, we’re working to improve education, expand health care, fix the infrastructure, overhaul our manufacturing industries, adopt green technologies, and continue our leadership in high-tech innovation,” says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading occupational experts and author of the recently released book 200 Best Jobs for Renewing America.

Throughout his book, Shatkin explores the six industries that are at the center of America’s shift toward a forward-looking economy: Education, Infrastructure, Health Care, Information and Telecommunication Technologies, Green Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing. He also identifies the best overall jobs, best-paying jobs, fastest-growing jobs and more within each of the six renewal industries.

Of these industries, Green Technologies, in particular, has gained a great deal of interest among individuals hoping to secure a solid job as the economy continues to shift and become more competitive in the upcoming decades. Below is a sample list from 200 Best Jobs for Renewing America, identifying the 10 best Green Technologies jobs overall.

1. Construction Managers
Annual Earnings: $76,230
Percent Growth: 15.7 percent

2. Industrial Engineers
Annual Earnings: $71,430
Percent Growth: 20.3 percent

3. First-line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Annual Earnings: $55,950
Percent Growth: 9.1 percent

4. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Annual Earnings: $58,380
Percent Growth: 25.1 percent

5. Construction and Building Instructors
Annual Earnings: $48,330
Percent Growth: 18.2 percent

6. Environmental Engineers
Annual Earnings: $72,350
Percent Growth: 25.4 percent

7. Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters
Annual Earnings: $44,090
Percent Growth: 10.6 percent

8. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Annual Earnings: $75,800
Percent Growth: 21.9 percent

9. Carpenters
Annual Earnings: $37,660
Percent Growth: 10.3 percent

10. Electricians
Annual Earnings: $44,780
Percent Growth: 7.4 percent

Additional information about the best jobs in each of the six renewal industries can be found in 200 Best Jobs for Renewing America, which published this month. The book is now available at Amazon.com, all major bookstores and from the publisher (www.jist.com or 1.800.648.JIST).

The Green Jobcast #14

The Green Jobcast, episode 14, 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… In New Mexico, Solar power and green jobs are on the way for the town of Belen and Valencia County, both hit hard in the recession. Governor Bill Richardson delivered the good news about three new solar power dishes for Belen’s city hall, and a new 160 acre solar testing and research center—to be called Star Center.

Rick Scheu, VP of Operations for Integrative Solar said, “The construction of this project will employ hundreds of people during construction, and at least 50 positions after it’s built.”

The NY Times is reporting that 3 companies in Michigan, Clairvoyant Energy, Xtreme Power and Oerlikon Solar have committed to moving into the vacant Ford Wixom plant. Executives and local officials will gather at the plant this week to celebrate the redevelopment project, which the state sees as a centerpiece of its green-oriented revival effort.

Chief executive of Clairvoyant Energy, David Hardee, said Michigan was an ideal location for his solar-energy company because of the availability of so many skilled workers and its manufacturing background. The Wixom project is expected to create about 4,000 jobs, which would be one of the biggest green-energy developments in the state so far.

In Pennsylvania, Thousands of people apply for ethanol jobs – Construction of the ethanol plant near Clearfield is nearing completion and should be up and running at the start of the new year, according to the plants general manager Roger Schmidt. Construction on the plant is 80 percent complete and the plant should be operational by Jan. 2. The company is in the process of hiring 55 full-time jobs at the plant but is no longer taking applications for most of the positions at the plant because of the high volume of applicants. Thus far the company has received more than 3,200 applications with some of the administrative positions receiving more than 150 applicants per job.

3 new biofuel jobs popped up on Jobs in Biofuels.com. A rapidly growing biofuels company on the West Coast is looking for an experienced, highly motivated Senior Scientist. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in BioEngineering or a related discipline, a minimum of 5 years post graduate experience and will have exposure to bioprocessing reactor design and improvement.

And…Terrabon, based in Houston Texas is searching for seasoned professionals to assist in the development of its renewable bio-fuel technology to meet their strategic objectives. They have an opening for the position of Laboratory Manager and Project Development Program Manager in chemical engineering.