Renewable Energy Jobs Tour Features Cypress Creek
May 23, 2018
Renewable energy has become a leading driver of American job growth. In fact, last year the solar industry employed more people than coal, nuclear and wind combined, according to a study released by the Energy Future Initiative. To get out the word on solar energy’s significant role in American job creation, we recently teamed up with A Renewable America to highlight jobs created by Cypress Creek’s Operations & Maintenance Control Center and our continued commitment to solar job training through our partnership with Cape Fear Community College.
Take a look here:
Cypress Creek Control Center
In April, A Renewable American joined us as we announced the opening of our state-of-the art Cypress Creek Control Center. Out of our C4, our team of 60 engineers, technicians and business professionals operate 232 utility, distribution, and rooftop-scale solar facilities totaling about 2 gigawatts in 14 states across the country.
The C4 is just one of a handful of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) – Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliant control centers in the country operated by a solar-only company. To meet the new compliance level, Cypress Creek hired 22 people over the past three months.
Hear directly from Control Center operator Billy Peacock about his transition from working at a coal plant to working in our solar control center in the video.
Partnership with Cape Fear Community College
In March, we announced a workforce development partnership with Cape Fear Community College. This grant will support students and instructors that are a part of the college’s Sustainability Technologies program. Our aim with our five partnerships with community colleges throughout the country is to strengthen the U.S. energy workforce through proactive investment in job training and workforce development.
Hear directly from Zac Simoneau, a life-long southeastern North Carolina resident and a graduate of the Sustainability Technologies program at Cape Fear Community College. Zac now works as Quality Control Technician with Cypress Creek.
As solar industry continues to grow in North Carolina and throughout the country, Cypress Creek remains dedicated to developing the workforce to support the industry. Learn more about job opportunities with Cypress Creek on our Careers page.