Cypress Creek Renewables announced yesterday the launch of a partnership with Greenville Technical College that the company says will strengthen South Carolina's solar workforce and grow the state's economy.
The partnership will support the state’s thriving solar industry and help to train and prepare a new generation of energy workers.
According to Adams and Reese LLP, Cypress Creek Renewables will invest over US$1.5bn to develop and build 2GW of solar energy in projects across South Carolina.
The 2GW aim is significant, given that as of the end of 2016, the state had installed just 0.2GW.
The projects are expected to create nearly 10,000 construction jobs and power over 600,000 homes with clean, affordable energy, the company said.
“It was really such a pleasure to find Greenville Technical College.
“When we were looking around trying to find who would we partner with, this college has already been leading the way for decades,” said Jamie Carlson, Executive V.P. of Operations for Cypress.
South Carolina is currently home to nearly 3,000 solar professionals.
Cypress Creek Renewables’ initial US$25,000 investment in Greenville Technical College’s Solar Training Centre will support the development of new curriculum and provide scholarship assistance for students, with a focus on veterans.
Today, the national solar sector employs more veterans on average than the rest of the US economy.
Jermaine Whirl, V.P. of Economic Development and Corporate Training at Greenville Tech said the college’s existing “Solar Centre” was the big attraction. It has trained panel installers since 2003.
“I think the big takeaway is that people need know is that this is a growing industry, they need to know that job opportunities are growing, and the long-term sustainability of that is phenomenal,” said Whirl.