Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Contracted To Be Built By Union Electricians
Projects Funded By Private Companies Like Switch Will Create Thousands Of New Union Jobs in Nevada With the Passage of Question 3
LAS VEGAS (NOV. 4, 2016) — Nevadans for Affordable Clean Energy Choices, the campaign for passage of Question 3, the Energy Choice Initiative (ECI), recognized Switch for the use of more than 550 union electricians, to build the new 180-megawatt Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar project at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada. The ability to develop new renewable energy projects in partnership with local labor and contractors like Bombard Electric, is a key reason for Switch’s leadership in supporting the Energy Choice Initiative.
“Bombard has been a leading installer of renewable projects in the state of Nevada for many years and the vision of the Energy Choice Initiative creates an opportunity to expand our state’s economy by growing clean energy resources and creating more renewable energy job opportunities for Nevada workers,” shared Bombard Electric Solar Division Manager Bo Balzar.
If Question 3 passes, Nevada will be able to create a well-regulated, open energy market, which according to a recent study by Nevada Economist John Restrepo and his firm RCG Economics, could create thousands of new clean energy jobs. Each new utility scale renewable energy project will create as many as 10,800 construction phase jobs. New construction jobs of this scale will contribute to economic diversification while expanding the renewable energy workforce within the Silver State.
“Switch is committed to using union electricians and laborers for all future utility scale energy projects here in Nevada,” said Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy and ECI Policy Chair Adam Kramer. “In fact, Switch is already working with unions throughout the state to expand job creation in trade positions across the renewable energy sector, making a positive impact to the environment and to the local job market.”
As part of the Energy Choice Initiative, Switch and other leaders of the Initiative see an opportunity for the state to create multiple gigawatts of new, low-cost, renewable generation in Nevada to serve both residents and businesses.
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