Local construction jobs? Don’t count on it. Contracting firm Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.(RES) , which is headquartered in Colorado, will perform most of the work itself with help from Rock Solid Stabilization and Reclamation Inc., a Wisconsin company.
Where are the jobs? Wind projects don’t boost local economies as supporters claim
PUBLISHED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017
The timing of when Scott E. Hilyard discovered that a company in upstate New York had been rejected for work on a proposed wind project in Lewis County couldn’t have been more ironic.
Contracting firm Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., which is headquartered in Colorado, will perform most of the work itself with help from Rock Solid Stabilization and Reclamation Inc., a Wisconsin company.
This summarizes one of the problems with proposed wind projects in the north country: They do not provide sufficient employment opportunities for people who live here. These jobs frequently go to companies from other states. What, then, are the true benefits of constructing wind turbines in our communities?
Wind projects may seem like enticing deals for some public bodies, which would net some tax revenue on otherwise vacant land. Government entities, however, must see the bigger picture when it comes to economic development.
These proposals do little to promote job growth.