Powering jobs in the New Energy Economy: Meet Edward Holder

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Edward Holder, 40, is a network engineer with OCI Solar Power, Nexolon America and Ercam Trackers.

Edward supports computer users at all three companies, building out new network systems at each new facility. The companies are consortium partners in the deal to build and supply 400 MW of solar power to CPS Energy.

We sat down with Edward as part of our new series profiling real people who’ve gotten good jobs in the New Energy Economy. His is one of more than 250 permanent positions moved here or created thus far by our partner companies, which have opened offices and are building manufacturing in and around San Antonio. Hundreds more have been hired on a temporary basis, helping build solar farms, the manufacturing plant and other infrastructure.

The goal of CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy initiative is to reduce the carbon intensity of our generation fleet, create a sustainable clean energy economy and enhance STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education in the San Antonio region.

Where did you work previously?

“I was an IT network information systems technician. My last duty station was at Lackland AFB. I was part of the cryptofacility team there — but that’s about all I can tell you.”

What’s your education and training?

“I have a BA in communication from Texas State University, and 12 professional IT certificates, from Microsoft, Cisco and others. It was on-job-training plus studying for the exams on my own time.”

What inspired you to apply to OCI Solar Power?

“I had a lot of offers, from Dell, Rackspace and others. But the fact that this was like a start-up, I knew there would be a lot of interesting challenges. They need a complete build out, and that meant a lot of opportunity.”

What’s your advice for job seekers?

“You can never be over-educated. I spent quite bit of personal time earning those certificates, and it was well worth it. I now mentor people getting out of the military, and I tell them, if you have the skill, it’s worth getting the piece of paper. The more work you put in, the more you’re going to get out of it.”

ERCAM Trackers lists five jobs under the “Careers” link on its home page.

Nexolon America is currently hiring, too.

Check out the jobs currently listed at OCI Solar Power.


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