November 10, 2011

Green Trends: Solar Temperatures Rising!

Green Trends

Solar Temperatures Rising!

On all fronts, solar is heating up.
Polemic in congress and by detractors, job & export creation by US firms, and public support.


The bankruptcy of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, and ensuing reports of fat bonuses and misconduct, are fueling the detractors and absorbing the media and congress. But let’s not get so focused on the Solyndra tree that we can see the Solar Promise forest. China is investing billions into their clean tech companies, and they certainly have factored in that some will fail.

The China Development Bank has put $30 billion in credit into solar companies in 2010. The CDB has announced financial commitments of at least $15 billion to aid companies in the nascent wind industry; and China plans on investing around $45 billion in smart-grid over the next five years. Solyndras’ potential loss of $528 million is 1.7% of the solar commitment by the CDB; and 0.5867% of the solar-wid-smart grid investments above. There’s a big forest out there.

Job & Export Creation

The Solar Foundation’s recent “National Solar Jobs Census 2011: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce” report found that more than 100,000 Americans are now employed in the solar industry. The solar industry’s job growth rate is 6.8%, which is much higher than the 2% net job loss in fossil fuel power generation and the general economy’s anemic job growth. And manufacturing jobs in solar grew almost 25 %, while solar sales and distribution jobs had the strongest growth and next year is anticipated to grow 35%.

California is the national leader in solar employment accounting for ¼ of the US solar jobs. The top 10 solar employment states are Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Texas, Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The Census found that solar employers anticipate increasing jobs by 24% by August 2012; and over the next year, almost half of solar firms expect to add jobs. The US Solar Industry exported a net $1.9B in 2010, according to GTM Research and SEIA.

Public Support

9 out of 10 Americans Support Solar according to the 2011 SCHOTT Solar Barometer, conducted annually by independent polling firm Kelton Research. Key findings of the survey include:

•        89% of Americans think it is important to develop and use solar power

•        82% support federal solar incentives

•        82% support U.S. solar manufacturing


Redfish Technology Recommends these Reports :

National Solar Jobs Census 2011: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce”

4th Annual SCHOTT Solar Barometer Shows 9 out of 10 Americans Support Solar

U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011


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June 6, 2011

Featured Placement: Nitin Shah, MES Engineer – Solar PV Manufacturing

Nitin Shah

Nitin Shah

Featured Placement

Nitin Shah,
MES Engineer
Solar PV Manufacturing

The Director of Information Technology Services of one of Redfish Technology’s top clients targeted hiring an MES Engineer as a priority. The company is a leader in the monocrystaline silicon space for high efficiency solar cells. This company is well-funded, privately held, and growing aggressively. With over a billion dollars in backorders, it was important to fill this position with the right talent expediently. The MES Engineer position is responsible for operation of the plant floor Manufacturing Execution Systems. Candidates would need a bachelor’s degree in computer and a strong background in working with MES & Statistical Process Control (SPC) applications. Responsibilities include managing the MES system integrators and future upgrades, enhancements and change control.

Redfish found a self-starter with rich experience in developing MES systems from scratch (coding, designing, architecting, implementation, managing contractors). Nitin’s objective is to bring operations processes and automation to cutting edge. He offers solid experience including ERP integration, production planning, warehouse and supply chain process automation, machine controls, quality management, warehouse, inventory, purchasing, manufacturing maintenance management and planning (order fulfillment), as well as process control re-design and planning. Nitin has a degree in Electrical Engineering as well as coursework in finance and project management and certification in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. 

“It has been a great experience to work with recruiter Greg Schreiner at Redfish Technology. He is prompt, reliable and personable. Greg did a great job in understanding my expertise and career objectives, and matching me up with this fantastic opportunity at a dynamic company. He made the whole process very smooth, from initial interviewing to negotiating the offer. I am loving this job and would highly recommend Greg and his greentech team at Redfish.” - Nitin Shah


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February 22, 2011

Priority Green Job Opportunities from Redfish Technology

Priority Green Jobs from Redfish Technology

Priority Green Jobs from Redfish Technology. This week’s top career opportunities are in Solar Manufacturing, PV Systems, Clean Power, Electric Vehicles, Green Building, and Energy Efficiency. The roles include: Estimator, Project Engineer, R&D Scientist, Principal Engineer, Energy Sales Executive, Software Developer, and more! (more…)


December 7, 2010

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