We brought you a story of a renewable energy project breaking ground yesterday and the boom of solar energy continues in the imperial valley with yet another project in the near future.
Another solar energy project is in the works this time it’s the largest megawatts at 200 hundreds of applicants came hoping they're going to be part of the 1000 hired for the project.
The line of job seekers snaked around the buildings at the Barbara Worth Resort and Country Club for the Mount Signal Solar Project job fair.
Esmerelda Sanchez works part time and is the sole provider for her family. She’s applying for a security job.
"I’m hoping for an interview like everybody else that came here. It looks like it’s a really good program. They’re going to train you and get you a job on top of that. I have high hopes like everybody else," Sanchez said.
They’re looking for solar rack installers, fork lift drivers, CDL water truck drivers and safety personnel to name a few.
Paul Fugate has a bachelors degree and for the past seven months has applied for 1700 jobs.
"So far I haven’t had much luck but I know luck will come around especially from today hopefully" Fugate said.
Renewable energy may be the valley’s lucky charm in getting out of the highest unemployment spot.
"There are enough solar projects in the pipeline that these unions will transfer these workers from one project to the next," Sean Wilcock of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation said.
The project will sit on 2,000 acres in Calexico and will provide electricity for the region.
"We believe that Imperial Valley will be the renewable capital of the world. This project in itself is one of the largest in the nation at 200 megawatts," Wilcock said.
The project will begin construction the early part of next year.