Elon Musk’s has annonced moves for expansion into New Mexico with a new 18,000 square foot operations center in Albuquerque. This marks SolarCity’s first operations center in the state and the company expects to employ more than 75 when fully staffed at the location.
SolarCity, which launched New Mexico service in early March, makes it possible for many New Mexico homeowners to install solar with no upfront cost and pay as much as 20 percent less by going solar than they pay for utility power, with installation, production guarantee, monitoring and repair service included at no additional cost.
The major of Albuquerque, Mayor Richard J. Berry commented on the announcement:
We are always excited to welcome new companies to our city. Albuquerque is a perfect fit for SolarCity given our 310 days of sunshine and our burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich had this to say:
SolarCity’s decision to come to New Mexico is great news for our residents, our economy, and our environment. The solar industry employs more than 173,000 Americans and SolarCity’s new office here in Albuquerque is helping to contribute to that growth. Unique opportunities like this allow homeowners here in Albuquerque and across the state to have more control over their electricity bills and create a viable option to choose cleaner energy for less.
“New Mexico has been a leader in creating green jobs and renewable energy technology,” Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham said.
SolarCity’s expansion to Albuquerque will build on that success, and provide new options for New Mexicans who are considering solar energy for their homes or businesses.
About the new center.
SolarCity’s new operations center means new solar jobs for the region. SolarCity has already begun to hire staff in Albuquerque and has a range of additional open positions in sales, installation and related roles. Jobs related to solar installation will make up the bulk of the hiring for the new facility. New Mexico has significant potential for solar growth as one of America’s sunniest states. Nationally, solar jobs grew at more than 20 percent in 2014, and solar installation jobs grew faster than any other sector of the industry.
Candidates interested in employment opportunities in New Mexico can review available positions and contact SolarCity directly via its online jobs form at www.solarcity.com/jobs.
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