New Solar Project Hiring Locals, Veterans

SolarReserve, a developer of solar projects, announced recently that an amendment had been made to the agreement the company had with its affiliate, Tonopah Solar Energy, and Nye County in Nevada. The amendment states that 90% of all workforce on the 110 megawatt (MW) Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project must come from Nye County residents. The solar project, also located in Nye County, is estimated to create more than 600 jobs during its construction. Construction is expected to begin this September and last for about 30 months. After completion, Crescent Dunes will employ about 45 people full-time. $37 million in tax revenue is expected for its first 10 years of operation.

SolarReserve is also developing a program that will support the hiring of local veterans and people with family members engaged in active duty. Through this program, SolarReserve is partnered with employment programs headed by the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, and veterans’ organizations. In addition, Tonopah Solar Energy is working with the Nevada System of Higher Education to develop curricula to train future employees of the Crescent Dunes project and other projects.

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The Crescent Dunes project will be the world’s largest molten salt power facility, and will provide renewable energy to about 75,000 homes. Because of its energy storage technology, the facility can generate electricity from solar energy during the night as well as the day.

Nye County is pleased with the proceedings, as the project’s local hiring will boost their economy significantly, creating a total of 4,300 direct and indirect jobs.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.