CHAPEL HILL, N.C. |STRATA SOLAR —
Strata Solar hired 188 new solar workers from the Fayetteville area to immediately begin work on a solar project in Duplin County.
To meet its growing construction demand, Strata Solar held back-to-back job fairs in May and June in Fayetteville. The job fairs attracted over 735 people and led to 188 job offers from Strata Solar. Sixty-four percent of those hired have military backgrounds.
The new employees have already begun working on a solar farm near Warsaw. The 87.5-MW DC farm will span 450 acres of land and produce enough energy to power roughly 10,050 homes.
“Strata Solar is glad to be a major job provider in North Carolina. We still have 211 positions to fill and our job fairs are a great way for us to quickly find people who are ready to work,” said Cathy Wilhelm, Strata Solar chief administrative officer.
North Carolina was nationally ranked second in new solar installations and fourth in total solar capacity in 2014. The industry employs more than 5,600 people in the state.
Strata Solar’s growing number of employees has been enabled by North Carolina’s renewable energy policies. The North Carolina House has proposed to extend the renewable energy tax incentives.