(County decision to hire locally appears to be paying off)…The County Supervisors approved a Local Hire Agreement with the IBEW.
This agreement was enacted as the Supervisor began approving Solar development projects in the Imperial County. The IBEW 569 says they now have nearly 700 trained local electrical workers on the job in Imperial County. According to numbers released in October, current projects under construction, 70% of the electrical workers are from Imperial County. The Mount Signal-8minuteenergy has hired 64% local. 90% of the electrical workers are local at the Centinela-LS Power project. 91% of the electrical workers are local hires for the Sol Orchard El Centro Project. The local cities with the greatest impact are; Calexico with 284 locals hired, El Centro with 170, 72 are from Imperial and 67 from Brawley. More local workers will be put to work at the 150 megawatt Solar Gen 2 Project, once it ramps up and begins hiring. That project just recently broke ground.