SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 25, 2013 ( GLOBE NEWSWIRE ) — SolarCity® (Nasdaq:SCTY), a leading provider of clean energy, announced the opening of ten new operations centers in California. All are expected to be operational by the end of 2013, nearly doubling the company’s locations in the state.
The regional operations centers will expand solar services to new areas, reduce installation wait times, and contribute to state and local economies by creating jobs in a range of new locations. SolarCity will now have a location within 30 miles of more than 90 percent of the state’s population. The company already has more than 2,100 employees in California, and is currently seeking to fill at least 260 additional job openings in the Golden State.
“This expansion not only allows us to spread job creation and economic impact to more local economies, but it also allows us to reduce our costs and environmental impact by decreasing drive times and increasing installation efficiency,” said Tanguy Serra, SolarCity’s executive vice president of operations. “The fact that this is happening as California’s largest state incentive program is winding down is a key indicator of how far solar power has come toward the mainstream.”
SolarCity regional operations centers are staffed with locally hired employees who manage sales and installation of the solar systems for area homeowners, schools, and businesses.
“SolarCity is truly committed to providing opportunities for affordable solar power and should be commended for their contributions to our communities, our state and our economy,” said Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno).
Earlier this year, SolarCity opened two of its largest-ever operations centers in Riverside and Stockton. On Aug. 22, the company inaugurated its San Fernando Valley regional operations center in Chatsworth.
“I am pleased to hear SolarCity is expanding their operations throughout California and increasing their presence as a provider of clean energy,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. “We need more jobs and workforce development in California. SolarCity understands the importance of employee retention by providing fair pay.”
By end of the year, SolarCity expects to have locations up and running in the following California cities and towns:
Morgan Hill (new)
San Luis Obispo (new)
San Mateo (HQ)
Thousand Palms/Palm Springs (new)