Partnership with Greenville Technical College to grow and expand the college’s successful workforce development programs and strengthen the state’s energy workforce.
GREENVILLE – Cypress Creek Renewables announced today the launch of an ambitious partnership with Greenville Technical College to strengthen South Carolina’s solar workforce and grow the state’s economy. The partnership will support the state’s thriving solar industry and help to train and prepare a new generation of energy workers.
Cypress Creek Renewables also announced today a plan to invest over $1.5 billion to develop and build 2 GW of solar across more than 80 projects in the Palmetto State. Together, these projects will create nearly 10,000 construction jobs and power over 600,000 homes with clean, affordable energy.
South Carolina is currently home to nearly 3,000 solar professionals. Proactive investment in workforce development and training programs could increase this number to 10,000 over the next decade. Cypress Creek Renewables’ initial $25,000 investment in Greenville Technical College’s Solar Training Center will support the development of new curriculum and provide scholarship assistance for students, with a focus on veterans. Today, the national solar sector employs more veterans on average than the rest of the US economy.
“South Carolina’s solar industry, like every industry in our state, is growing and bringing new jobs and investment to our state. This new partnership between Cypress Creek Renewables and Greenville Technical College is an important step towards strengthening our energy workforce and creating opportunities for South Carolinians,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
“Cypress Creek is proud to be a major driver of employment growth in the United States,” said Matthew McGovern, Chief Executive Officer of Cypress Creek Renewables. “The solar industry has grown 17 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. Our partnership with Greenville Technical College serves as a model for how we can continue to create good paying jobs and opportunities for American families for years to come.”
“We are grateful to Cypress Creek Renewables for partnering with us to create the future workforce,” said Dr. Jermaine Whirl, Vice President for Economic Development and Corporate Training at Greenville Technical College. “Funds for curriculum development and scholarship assistance allow us to create opportunities for students while we deliver the well-trained workers the industry will need to meet demand.”
About Cypress Creek Renewables:
Cypress Creek Renewables partners with communities to develop, build and operate affordable solar projects across the United States. Through a combination of organic growth and strategic development, Cypress Creek has grown into one of the country’s leading solar companies. For more information about Cypress Creek Renewables, visit https://ccrenew.com
About Greenville Technical College:
Greenville Technical College (GTC) is a five-campus system where nearly 30,000 students are annually preparing for the strongest careers of today and tomorrow. Established in 1962, the college’s mission is to transform students’ lives and help the community thrive by providing a world-class, affordable education. With more than 100 curriculum program choices along with short-term training for career and personal development, Greenville Technical College gives employers a ready supply of skilled workers and provides students with an education that will help them succeed.