SolarCity Corp To Build 1,460-Strong Workforce In Buffalo

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SolarCity is gearing up for a massive hiring spree in Buffalo, New York. The residential solar installer is setting up the world’s largest solar panel factory in Buffalo. Daniel Harvey, who is heading SolarCity’s hiring efforts in the city, told Buffalo News that the company would start hiring this fall.

SolarCity to start filling jobs this fall

 

The San Mateo-based company expects to create 1,460 jobs in Buffalo. Approximately the same number of jobs will be created by SolarCity’s suppliers. Harvey said SolarCity would fill 100 to 200 jobs this fall, and hire more in 2016. The company is currently working with the New York state officials to chalk out plans for recruitment sessions and job fairs. Having its service providers and suppliers nearby will help SolarCity meet its ambitious goal of significantly reducing the cost of solar panels.

For now, SolarCity employs only five people in Buffalo. Recruitment for approximately 1,000 production jobs will begin later this year or in early 2016. Harvey said hiring would continue as SolarCity starts and gradually increases its production at the plant. SolarCity’s massive solar panel plant is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program.

SolarCity to report Q2 results on July 29

Under the terms of the agreement, the New York state would pump $750 million to build the factory and purchase its equipment. SolarCity will rent the manufacturing plant for just $1 per year from the state for a 10-year term. In return, the largest U.S. residential solar installer has promised to bring $5 billion of investment and create 2,900 jobs over the next 10 years. If SolarCity doesn’t meet its investment or job creation targets for any of the 10 years, it will be subject to $41.2 million penalty for that year.

Separately, SolarCity said Tuesday that it would release its fiscal second-quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, July 29. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the company to report $90.18 million in revenue, up 47% from $61.34 million in the same quarter last year. However, its quarterly losses are expected to widen from 96 cents a share to $1.57 per share.

 

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4 Comments on "SolarCity Corp To Build 1,460-Strong Workforce In Buffalo"

  1. Cole Michael Crook | Jul 19, 2015, 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    Your Welcome agelbert!

    I love getting an opportunity to help educate people on how to board the Solar-Coaster.
    Unfortunately, many people that request a proposal or come to us with questions often turn away or choose to shut us down mid conversation because it seems like its to good to be true. I constantly get asked the question “whats the catch?”.

    In your case agelbert, I would still like the opportunity to give you some feedback on your property. Is your home itself is a rental or just the property? If both are rented than it would be up to the Owner. However, this is a great opportunity for him/her as well.

    I am glad you are going to consider the information I provided on the thread. Sometimes people believe they wont qualify, but when i am able to convince to try – just receive the proposal THEY requested, it ends up that we were able to save them money.

    For some people, becoming a Solar Ambassador is a way to make easy money while promoting our products that create a better world. Solar Ambassadors refer friends and family or even strangers to SolarCity for a proposal; If they end up purchasing, the Ambassador makes $250.00!
    You do NOT need to be a SolarCity customer to do this. We currently have 100,000+ Solar Ambassadors with SolarCity. Ambassadors do not work directly for SolarCity. Its a very easy process. Also, its a great topic to bring up in a conversation, especially if you believe in clean energy.

    I can contact you tomorrow between 7AM-5PM, PST. If interested in getting information on becoming a Solar Ambassador, shoot me an email with your phone number to Ccrook@solarcity.com. I have the perfect Consultant I work to provide you with a full understanding of process and benefit.

    Please visit SolarCity.com to read more about our Company Values, Products, Achievements and Financial Options as well as what makes SolarCity the #1 solar provider in the United States.

    Thanks!

  2. Thank you, Cole Michael Crook. I will seriously consider the information you have given me.

    My problems are twofold.

    1) My home is on rented land.

    2) Even though I do have 500 square feet of south facing roof (only about 18 degrees of roof angle which means the panels would not be flat against it), I have 60 to 80 feet tall trees continuously shading most of the south facing roof during the summer.

    I hope others that read this make use of the information you provide. That info is precisely the kind of nuts and bolts info that needs to populate comment threads so the Renewable Energy Revolution will get us off of fossil fuel and nuclear power poisons.

    Thanks again for your efforts to make a better world.

  3. Cole Michael Crook | Jul 18, 2015, 4:33 am at 4:33 am |

    agelbert , I am a Energy Advisor at SolarCity in Sacramento CA. I qualify and give proposals/sell solar all throughout the East Coast. You don’t have to wait until the office opens in Buffalo. In fact, I would give SolarCity a call ASAP to get your proposal to see if you even qualify as the tax incentives (provide free install), are going to be absent come the first quarter of 2016. I can give you a proposal over the phone in 20 minuets with my Energy Consultant. We use up-to-date satellite imagery to view your home and qualify your roof, design the panel layout, and provide you with a solar payment that is guaranteed to be lower than your current utility. W ether
    you want to admit it or not, you are in a forced contract with your utility provider. Worst part is, you have no say when, or how much your rate can increase year by year. I have locked people in @$71.00/Month (No Fluctuation- Summer/Winter) for the next 20 years which saved them $245/month. That’s almost $60,000 of savings over 20 years. If you want to own the system you can buy the designed system outright – our goal is to get you 110% coverage so you do not have to pay a electric bill ever again! If you have a Fico score above a 650 it becomes as simple as just swapping utility except you now you are using and harvesting clean energy, at a lower cost, that maintains a FIXED RATE for the life of the term.

    Feel free to give me a call. I can qualify you with 5 questions before speaking with my Energy Consultant.

    Cole Crook | SolarCity | Legacy Energy Advisor | 916.247.1489 | Ccrook@solarcity.com

    More Information Below:

    There is NO COMMITMENT on your behalf to receive a proposal.

    We require a minimum 4 months of prior Electrical Utility Usage in order to provide you with the most accurate proposal and savings.

    Your name must be on the Deed.

    Your residence must not run a Commercial Meter.
    Your roof must in good condition with minimal shading.

    We require a Soft Credit Check that does not harm your credit score – (this is too qualify you for $0 money down).

    After you receive your SolarBid and approve of the proposal, the next step is to visit the house for inspection.
    Cancellations of contracts can be withdrawn/cancelled up until the of install.

    SolarCity Provides Solar Customers a $200,000,000 insurance policy for the panels and associated equipment (inverters, etc.), your roof, and any personal items of yours that could be damaged.

    We are also exclusive to the Tesla “PowerWall” – 10 GW personal backup battery that will allow you to operate off the grid if a black out occurs.

  4. This is great news for those of us in the Northeast that want solar energy at a reasonable price!

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