Graduates of a Los Angeles-based solar panel installation training and certification program serving formerly high-risk, gang-involved men and women will provide labor for PV developer 8minutenergy Renewables and renewable energy provider sPower’s new 72.9 MW solar project in Kern County, California.
The two companies are teaming up to build three solar PV plants as part of 8minutenergys Redwood Solar Farm cluster.
The Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries’ solar training program works in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 428 to provide hands-on training and employment opportunities.
Three 8minutenergy subsidiaries will partner with sPower to construct the farms this quarter, with the start of commercial operation set between June and August.
The first three PV plants in 8minutenergy’s Redwood Solar Farm cluster include the 33.26 MW Hayworth Solar Farm, the 20.86 MW Redcrest Solar Farm and the 18.75 MW Woodmere Solar Farm.