thousands of new jobs soon to be created in Mohave County AZ

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Photo Courtesy of Public Domain

That's the word according to highly reliable past and present reports. While the rest of the country still seems to be stalled in a perpetual state of economic suppression or stagnation, there appears to be sporadic pockets of strength emerging throughout the nation, especially in the Western United States. One of these hot pockets which has captured the green energy production spotlight is Mohave County Arizona. A beautiful swath of gods good earth located in the northwestern corner of the state. Historic Route 66 runs right through the heart of this region and it's home to one of seven wonders of the world, the magnificent Grand Canyon which was, and continues to be meticulously carved to perfection for our enjoyment pleasure courtesy of the cool crisp flowing waters of the Colorado River. Approximately 200,000 people call this blossoming desert county home according to the 2007 census. Mohave County is centrally located between several major metropolitan areas, Las Vegas to the north, Phoenix to the east, Los Angeles to the west, and Tucson to the south with seamless access to all points via major interstate arteries. Like most regions of Arizona, plentiful sunshine consistently engulfs and warms Mohave County for an average 300 days out of the calendar year.

  • Abundant Sunshine + Abundant Undeveloped Land + Abundant Natural Resources + Solar Panels + Wind Turbines + American Ingenuity = A new lean green natural renewable energy production utopia called Mohave County.

As a valued, academic result of researching this subject, I've developed a rather extensive physical and mental file folder documenting this regions progress in several different areas. Some of which include region defining demographics pertaining to current and future baby boomer migration, real estate trends, community involvement, business trends and cycles etc., and now it seems as if both the domestic and international business community is beginning to discover the same mega potential this region has in regard to solar and wind energy production. It's really a no brainer when you think about it, even for those who are unfamiliar with this area, when they think of Mohave, they envision a vast, sun kissed region conducive to year round outdoor activities and of course, a perfect location for the genesis and evolution of our new clean renewable energy future. So whether you agree or disagree with some of the current administrations ideas or policies, and there certainly are robust arguments to be made on both sides of the isle, with the exception of climate change where the rational thinking jury has already rendered a decision as to the devastating effects which are beginning to materialize on a global scale, I think there is one thing that hopefully we can all agree on. And that is, a rapid implementation and distribution of incentives contained within the stimulus that are designated for companies who are willing to invest significant capitol in one of the most important industries of our time, the ongoing research and development of clean, natural solar and wind energy producing facilities. Environmentally tested and sound facilities which in the long run, if given enough time and private investment capitol, will unequivocally begin to roll back, defuse, and reverse the accumulated and cumulative adverse effects of our dependence on, and excessive usage of fossil fuels over the past decades. After all, I think they are called "fossil fuels" for good reason, right?


So who is creating these jobs ? How many will be created?

Good questions and I'll try to answer both as accurately as possible with the data I've collected.

One company currently going through the final steps in the approval process is Hualapai Valley Solar. Hualapai in conjunction with Fichtner Solar of Germany ( the company who actually designed the project ) are several months into the planning process which will hopefully result in the construction of a 340MW concentrating solar power field project in Mohave County. This is just one of several clean green solar and or wind energy generating facilities in the planning and approval stages destined for Mohave County.

Hualapai Valley Solar has secured 4,000 acres of private land 27 miles north of Kingman and Golden Valley Arizona, and have recently been granted several in a series of approvals needed to proceed including the green light from Planning & Zoning and the Mohave County BOS. Now in the final stages of the process, they have submitted the necessary application to the ACC ( Arizona Corporation Commission ) for what is called a CEC, Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and have also filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Government to secure a portion of subsidizing funds designated for this type of renewable energy venture. So if and when the ACC grants this certificate to Hualapai Valley Solar, ( and there appears to be no major obstacles ), construction of the much anticipated and welcomed renewable energy solar field and related components could begin as soon as the fourth quarter of 2010. This will be one of, if not the largest renewable energy facility in the U.S.

3 Main components of the solar facility:


  • Solar Field - The actual solar collectors. Rows of parabolic shaped mirrors which are specifically designed to capture and collect solar rays.
  • Power Block - Hot HTF is transported to this system which is used to boil water resulting in steam generation which is then used to generate the end result, electricity.
  • Thermal Energy Storage System - This component stores Hot HTF for later use. It allows electricity to be produced even when the sun is blocked out by natural weather conditions such as clouds etc. or during the nighttime hours when the sun does not shine.

There are however certain stipulations and or conditions attached to this pending approval, one of which states a certain percentage of workers must be hired from within the County of Mohave which I personally think is a good thing. Giving local talent first priority and opportunity to apply for a position in this growing industry is probably the standard by which all projects of this type should be modeled. Then, once the company has secured all necessary approvals and or permits to begin construction of the project which hopefully will be soon, then the hiring process should begin. Even if you are not a Mohave resident, and this is the type of job opportunity you might be interested in applying for, it still might be a good idea inquire as to what requirements must be met in order to be considered. With 1,500 job openings soon to be in the offing, it's possible there may still be open positions available after all local residents who apply for positions are hired. There is no guarantee of a balance of open positions after residents are brought on board but it still might be something to keep an eye on.

As reported in recent press releases and mentioned in the above paragraph, just this one solar facility alone is scheduled to hire 1,500 workers during the construction phase which is estimated to last 2 to 3 years. Then, once constructed, the company will either retain or recruit 100 to 200 permanent workers to maintain and operate the facility once it's up and running. Exactly how many workers will ultimately be hired from Mohave County is uncertain at this time due to the high number of job openings which should be available in the coming months. I would assume a variety of skill sets and skill levels will be considered, but during the initial building stages one would have to assume the main focus will probably be on hiring people who possess some type of construction or related skill.

So, if you are currently unemployed or if this is the type of job you are interested in applying for, keep a close eye on Mohave County and the potential new job listings from this and possibly other renewable energy companies in the near future. Hualapai Valley Solar is just one of several domestic and international companies who are in the planning and approval stages of developing long over due, clean green renewable solar and wind projects in Mohave County Arizona.

There are at least 3 or 4 additional renewable energy companies currently going through the approval process in Mohave County who have either purchased large swaths of land, or are in the process of acquire property to be used for this purpose, and due to this prime sun drenched location which is conducive to igniting this type of blossoming industry of the future, it is difficult if not impossible to estimate how many more domestic and international companies will follow suit. If fruition is the outcome, new job creation in this region could become an ongoing economic stimulus for many years, even decades to come.

  • If you are currently unemployed or considering other career paths I hope this was helpful info.

Photo Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Photo Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

This is the type of information that job seekers can use. Thanks for posting.


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Hi Patty, Thanks for reading & your input.

I noticed your comment was posted 2 days ago and I apologize for not acknowledging sooner, I was on a 3 day vacation since Sunday. Checked into the hotel, all my luggage was accounted for except the most important piece, my LAPTOP...Needless to say I've been out of touch with the world since Sunday, just got back today. Haven't been able to read or write anything online in the past few days. Maybe there's a 'HUB' somewhere in this story...'How Not To Forget Your Laptop When on Vacation'?...

I do hope this type of solar project comes to fruition and soon. My main purpose for writing about it was indeed to give folks who may not be aware of job creating projects like these a 'heads up' so to speak of possible employment opportunities in the near future.

3 or 4 other similar ventures of the same approximate size & scope in the works as well. And hopefully they will also come to fruition. All in Mohave County AZ....Personally I can't think of a better location on the planet for this type of natural earth healing renewable energy project.

I did 'Approve' your comment but my computer is acting a little crazy today so I hope it shows up as 'APPROVED' on your web page.

Thanks again for your input.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

I've heard about this just recently. Thanks for the great write up. Congratulaitons on your hubnugget nomination. Welcome to the Hubpages Community. :)


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Hi ripplemaker & Thanks for the good news!

With so many great Hubs out there I'm honored just to be nominated. It's a very good feeling to know people are reading and appreciating your work. Especially a Hub like this which was designed to be informative more than anything else.

Thanks Again


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Hi Denise,

Your very welcome & Thank You!

This solar field will indeed be one of the largest ever built. Generating clean green energy for thousands if not millions of people throughout the Western U.S. and possibly beyond.

It's a perfect idea for a great place like Mohave. I'm just surprised this type of clean energy production wasn't more aggressively pursued in previous decades. Maybe the sense of urgency is more prevalent today. Just happy to see private investors both domestic & international are finally taking this type of green energy production to the next level. The job creation aspects are very promising as well.


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toknowinfo 6 years ago

Great hub. I never would have known about the solar field if it wasn't for your writing. So keep informing us all.

All the best and congratulations on your nomination!


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Thanks for the kind words toknowinfo, and thanks for stopping by,

I will do my best to keep everyone up to date on this and all the other solar & wind energy projects of this magnitude currently going through various stages of the approval process in Mohave & elsewhere here in the west.

I think it's pretty exciting to see green energy finally trying to take a giant leap forward. All future generations are counting on us.

Thanks Again...


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Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

I never knew there is such huge solar panel. People could save a lot of energy.


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Hi Ipeoney, Thanks for stopping by & your comment.

There are several solar fields all over the world but not nearly enough. The clean solar & wind fields now in the planning atages for Mohave County will be some of the largest endeavors to date, which means they will generate substantial green energy hopefully soon. The experts estimate if we used just a 100X100 mile swath of land here in the U.S. for solar production, we could ultimately generate enough clean energy to meet the entire countries energy needs with some to spare. It's an exciting prospect, to think we are that close to solving a great challenge, and doing it in a natural way which should begin to heal our one and only habitable planet. A GIANT leap forward....

Thanks again for stopping by.


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fetty 6 years ago from South Jersey

Great information that is also current and could lead to a job. Congratulations on your nomination, too!


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Thank You fetty,

Hopefully this info will indeed provide some people who may be unemployed a viable option in the near future. The project still needs full state approval before construction begins so I got my fingers crossed it happens soon. Approximately 1500 to 2000 total jobs will be created from just this one green solar project. Some encouraging & positive news for those who are currently searching. A meeting is scheduled this month with Hualapai Valley Solar & The ACC ( Arizona Corporation Commission ), I will try to give everyone an update once that meeting takes place. Also, I'll try to update everyone on the other solar & wind companies currently going through the approval process in Mohave County.


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M. T. Dremer 6 years ago from United States

You've outlined this project quite well. I agree that clean energy is the way to go for mass-job creation at this time. And it would help us sustain ourselves in the long run. I don't know what the locals in Mohave think of the project, but there is resistance to a similar project in Michigan. Mohave has stretches of land perfect for using solar collectors, and Michigan has a giant lake that is perfect for collecting wind. However many locals (mostly along the lake shore) are resisting the project because they don't want to physically see the wind turbines out on the lake. While I can understand why some people might be concerned that the view would change (it hasn't been determined how visible they would be) I can't understand how that outweighs the benefits. Not only is Michigan one of the hardest hit in this economy (because of the failing auto industry) it also had an oil spill a few months back when a pipeline was not properly maintained and it spilled out hundreds of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river. It seems to me like seeing a little fan on the horizon isn't nearly as bad as having our rivers polluted with fossil fuels.


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Hi, M.T. Dremer

Thanks for stopping by & The comment,

After conducting extensive research on the subject I've come to the conclusion that there is a very small sliver of community members in every city throughout the nation who are typically hesitant about anything new being built either in or around their community. I'm not suggesting it's the case with your scenario in Michigan, but more often than not the true underlying reason for opposition to clean green projects such as this or any other project like a new shopping mall etc, is their desire for things to just remain the same, this very small group prefer a stagnant way of life, no changes so to speak, anything that moves them out of a "comfort zone" in even the slightest way is somehow unapealing.

I've seen and heard just about every excuse there is such as "We don't have the resources", "The jobs will not pay enough" "The jobs are too high skilled and will pay to much". Every excuse will be articulated except the truth, which is they are very hesitant to see change in their community. But they need to realize a natural progression takes place every day in every community across the globe. Nothing stays the same forever. And once again this is usually an extremely small group of community members who will oppose anything and everything while the vast majority embrace progress and new job creation.

Who amongst us will be the first to briskly jump out of our seats and extend a waiving hand to the sky when the question is asked "Who favors a new nuclear plant to be built in their community?" After 3 Mile Island & Chernobyl I seriously doubt an over exuberent positive response to this question would be in the offing.

I believe everyone should be thankful when billions in investment dollars are spent in any community on environmentally clean and sound projects such as solar & wind.


Larry Sbrusch 6 years ago

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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Hi Larry,

Thanks for stopping by. I tried to click on your name but the link didn't work. Please provide another way to reach you and I would be happy to visit your Site.

Thanks,

Alternative Prime


kims3003 6 years ago

Very well done hub! A+ writing skills - gifted writer!!


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Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California Author

Hi kims3003,

Thank You so much for the comment & compliment. Hopefully the project will be 100% approved in the very near future. Just one clean green solar field of this size could provide much needed jobs for thousands of hard working people.

Thanks Again for stopping by.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Exciting news indeed. Mohave County is on the radar and a hot site for future employment. I hope everything comes together to move on this project.

You have done an excellent job bringing us knowledge, research and good writing. Thank you!


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Alternative Prime 5 years ago from > California Author

Hi Treasures - Welcome, & Thanks for Visiting,

The ACC (Arizona Corporation Commission) recently issued the final approval necessary to Hualapai so they can begin construction of the and solar field and related improvements. It's an incredible project that will serve many important purposes. Job creation being one major benefit to the community, 1000's during construction which will last several years & several hundred permanent positions will need to be filled once it's built. The positive impact this project will have on the working class in Mohave and the rest of the country is immeasurable. The sustained economic boost as a result of more people going back to work will be substantial as well.

Not to mention Hualapai Solar contributes it's fare share toward healing our one and only life giving planet.

The positive benefits this project will bring not only to Mohave but the entire world are invaluable.

Latest public reports indicate an agreement between Hualapai Valley Solar & The City of Kingman for wastewater supply will hopefully be forthcomming and new job creation to start materializing early next year. With all the approvals secured and being so close to fruition, let's hope the vast majority of Mohave Residents who have supported this gift of job creation from the very beginning get to see the construction phase start soon.


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Alternative Prime 5 years ago from > California Author

- UPDATE Sept 20, 2011 @ 9:50 AM -

I sincerely hope the "Notice of Cancellation of Environmental Impact Statement for Interconnection of the Hualapai Valley Solar Project " effective Sept 16, 2011 is not a precursor to the actual "Solar Project" itself being canceled. The country needs the jobs, the infrastructure, and more importantly, the earth healing benefits that are inherent as a result of producing carbon emission free solar energy via harvesting the suns infinite raw power, and converting it into a clean, pure, usable commodity vital to our very existence.

Solar & Wind is the only logical solution going forward to our growing clean energy needs. "HVS" must stay the course with the Mohave Project and build our children's future.

- A.P. -

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