Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today welcomed the announcement of plans for a new wind turbine manufacturing facility in the Las Vegas Valley and pointed to the project as another sign of how renewable energy expansion benefits the Silver State and the nation.
"Nevada is already becoming a leader in the use and development of clean energy and this wind turbine manufacturing facility will mean even more new employment opportunities tied to this rapidly growing marketplace. In addition to creating jobs and new business opportunities in Nevada, increasing the amount of green power we produce from geothermal, wind, solar and other renewable sources will increase America's energy independence," said Berkley.
Berkley supported passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included funding for grants to train local workers in the green economy.
"Nevada's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation has received $6 million in Recovery Act funding to train workers for jobs in the green energy and efficiency field," said Berkley. "Valley job seekers will have the opportunity to learn valuable new skills as a result of this grant. Through their participation in this training program, we could see thousands of workers back on the job and bringing home a paycheck. And this is just one more example of how the stimulus is helping Nevada as we continue to recover from the financial crisis."
The Nevada State Energy Sector Partnership -- announced earlier this year -- will play a key role in developing a national green economy by targeting energy efficiency and renewable energy and other green industries. The partnership will teach workers the skills required in emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, leading to job placement, job creation and economic growth.
"Businesses and homeowners are realizing the savings that come from making buildings in Las Vegas and nationwide more energy efficient. Solar production and the use of other forms of renewable energy are also rapidly expanding and these funds will prepare Nevadans to help tap America's abundance of clean energy resources," Berkley said. "These grants, which I strongly supported with my vote for job creation under the stimulus plan, will enable program participants -- including veterans and disabled Nevadans -- to receive the technical training and job skills needed to qualify for industry-recognized credentials."
Comprehensive training activities will be provided through the State's system of higher education, which includes universities, colleges and community colleges, select high schools, strategically located training facilities, apprenticeship programs and energy partners.