Yesterday (Nov. 2) Cypress Creek Renewables said it will build 2 gigawatts of solar power in South Carolina across 80 solar projects, representing an investment of $1.5 billion and creating 10,000 jobs in the process. To support the build out the company partnered with Greenville Technical College to create a Solar Training Center with an initial $25,000 investment.
“South Carolina’s solar industry, like every industry in our state, is growing and bringing new jobs and investment to our state. This new partnership between Cypress Creek Renewables and Greenville Technical College is an important step towards strengthening our energy workforce and creating opportunities for South Carolinians,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (R).
Solar power is starting to become more popular in the southeast, in states like South Carolina. Recently, for instance, Clean Energy Collective and SCE&G announced they would develop 16 megawatts of community solar across three projects in the state.
The state already employs roughly 3,000 in the solar industry and the new projects, like the community solar farms and these that Cypress Creek is planning will spur a huge increase in jobs in the sector. The jobs will be created over the next decade. The support from Cypress Creek Renewables will help the college create a new curriculum and offer scholarship assistance for students and veterans.
“We are grateful to Cypress Creek Renewables for partnering with us to create the future workforce,” said Dr. Jermaine Whirl, vice president for Economic Development and Corporate Training at Greenville Technical College. “Funds for curriculum development and scholarship assistance allow us to create opportunities for students while we deliver the well-trained workers the industry will need to meet demand.”
The portfolio of projects, once completed, will provide enough energy to power 600,000 homes in the state. “Cypress Creek is proud to be a major driver of employment growth in the United States,” said Matthew McGovern, CEO of Cypress Creek. “The solar industry has grown 17 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. Our partnership with Greenville Technical College serves as a model for how we can continue to create good paying jobs and opportunities for American families for years to come.”
As solar power continues to grow in the state, more efforts are being made to raise awareness of the technologies. In 2016, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) launched a video campaign called “Stories of Solar” which featured peer testimonials from those who’ve already gone to solar.Tweet