Recently in green job news, Iberdrola Renewables – a leading global provider of wind power – announced a $150,000 donation to Vantage Career Center in Van Wert, Ohio, supporting a new program to train renewable energy technicians.
Iberdrola is currently developing the 304-MW Blue Creek Wind Farm in Tully, Union and Hoaglin townships in Van Wert County, as well as Benton, Blue Creek and Latty townships in Paulding County.
“With each new wind farm needing skilled, safety-conscious workers, strong training programs are essential to meet the demand for these jobs,” said Dan Litchfield, business developer for Iberdrola Renewables, in a statement. Litchfield went on to note that the Blue Creek project will generate both immediate and long-term economic benefits for the area, and that training programs such as Vantage’s new Alternative Energy Academy will help Ohioans capitalize on these good job opportunities.
Vantage Career Center is a public career technical high school for juniors and seniors from Van Wert, Paulding, Putnam and Mercer Counties, while Vantage Adult Education offers career programs, college classes and online educational options. The center has partnerships in place with Northwest State Community College and Owens Community College, which will provide additional instructional coursework for training and degrees in the Alternative Energy Academy.
Construction for Blue Creek Wind Farm began in September, 2010, and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The wind project brings with it approximately $1.1 million in annual lease payments to local landowners, $2.7 million in annual local taxes, 15 to 20 new permanent jobs, over 300 construction jobs, and local purchase of some supplies and construction materials.