We know solar jobs are in demand – one of the more practically exciting pieces of evidence of the booming alternative energy industries – and Georgians, or anyone willing to move to the Peach state, are going to get some.
Suniva will build its first manufacturing plant in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Suniva is a small solar company doing well in creating efficient solar cells that don’t cost an arm and a green thumb to make. Founder of Suniva and Georgian, Ajeet Rohatgi, says they’re looking to start with a solar production capacity of 32 MW and can create about 100 jobs, neither of which are numbers to sneeze at. It’s a pretty fair start for a small, new company, especially when they’re looking at bringing in $10 million in revenues this year along, and expect to be profitable next year with $100 million in sales. For their investors, who put $50 million into the pot to get Suniva’s manufacturing plant going, are probably pretty happy with the idea.
So why Georgia? Sentimentality. Well, that, and business sense. The company wants to stick close to Georgia Tech, which along with being a hotbed of cool ideas, is where Rohatgi founded the company, and getting the tech from the university labs to the plant is easy when you’re close. Other states are feeling a little jealous, and are actively pursuing Suniva opening additional plants on their turf. They include New Mexico, MassachusettsFlorida, Arizona and Nevada. A couple of those states could really use the new jobs and revenue, considering how hard they’re being hit by the current economy. So go west, young Suniva, and north and a little more south, and be fruitful and multiply! Wherever Suniva decides to set down foundations, we’ll be happy to see them simultaneously increase employees in the green job sector and find us better alternative power.