SolarCity announces the opening of ten new operations centers in California. All are expected to be operational by the end of 2013, nearly doubling the company’s locations in the state. The expansion will result in the company having a location within 30 miles of more than 90% of the state’s population.
SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY), a company at the forefront of solar development, has been in the news a lot lately. In a major breakthrough for solar, the company recently completed the industry’s first securitization of distributed solar energy. That move is expected to result in billions of dollars of new potential financing for the solar industry. SolarCity also expanded its impact recently by partnering with two Texas homebuilders and car manufacturer BMW.
Now, SolarCity is making news again with the opening of ten new operations centers in California. All are expected to be operational by the end of 2013, nearly doubling the company’s locations in the state. The new operations centers will be located in Ventura/Camarillo, Chico, Livermore, Martinez, Morgan Hill, Murrieta, Petaluma, San Luis Obispo, Thousand Palms/Palm Springs, and Victorville. According to SolarCity, the expansion will result in the company having a location within 30 miles of more than 90% of the state’s population.
The new centers will expand solar services to new areas, reduce installation wait times, and contribute to state and local economies by creating jobs in a range of communities. SolarCity regional operations centers are staffed with locally hired employees who manage sales and installation of the solar systems for area homeowners, schools, and businesses. The company already has more than 2,100 employees in California, and is currently seeking to fill at least 260 additional job openings in the Golden State.
“This expansion not only allows us to spread job creation and economic impact to more local economies, but it also allows us to reduce our costs and environmental impact by decreasing drive times and increasing installation efficiency,” said Tanguy Serra, SolarCity’s executive vice president of operations. “The fact that this is happening as California’s largest state incentive program is winding down is a key indicator of how far solar power has come toward the mainstream.”
“SolarCity is truly committed to providing opportunities for affordable solar power and should be commended for their contributions to our communities, our state and our economy,” said Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno).
Earlier this year, the solar installer opened two of its largest-ever operations centers in Riverside and Stockton. On August 22, the company inaugurated its San Fernando Valley regional operations center in Chatsworth.
“I am pleased to hear SolarCity is expanding their operations throughout California and increasing their presence as a provider of clean energy,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. “We need more jobs and workforce development in California. SolarCity understands the importance of employee retention by providing fair pay.”
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) commented: “SolarCity’s expansion is just more proof of the promise of green industry. Investing in a greener economy doesn’t only reduce pollution, but provides cleaner, cheaper energy. It’s smart business and leads to job creation and economic growth.”