SA solar jobs place Texas in top 10 for clean industry growth

By on March 6, 2013

Several hundred job seekers turned out Wednesday for Nexolon America’s solar job fair, held at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s office in the Full Goods building at the Pearl.

Nexolon is committed to hiring roughly 400 people for the solar panel manufacturing plant it’s building at Brooks City Base. It’s part of a larger deal with OCI Solar to build 400 MW of solar in and around San Antonio.

CPS Energy will buy all the energy from those solar plants for 25 years. As part of the agreement, OCI Solar and its consortium partners, including Nexolon America, have begun to hire 800 people, relocate headquarters and build manufacturing in San Antonio.

Those jobs helped make Texas the number nine state for clean industry job growth, according to Environmental Entreprenuers, which bills itself as “a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity.”

The group released a report today announcing that more than 300 clean energy and transportation projects announced in 2012 should lead to a total of 110,000 new jobs across the U.S.

Texas ranked ninth out of the top ten states, according to the report, in part because of the OCI Solar/CPS Energy deal, as well as the jobs created by the partnership between CPS Energy and SunEdison on the Centennial solar farms, which created 175 construction jobs.

“The Environmental Entrepreneur report includes a state-by-state, searchable database of jobs that have been announced or already exist.

Nexolon America will begin hiring for its plant positions in 2014. The company is still accepting resumes at recruitus@nexolon.com in the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Business development
  • Construction
  • Cell/Module engineering
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Information & Technology
  • Production
  • Supply Chain
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