|(June 2010) Victoria Bradshaw, California Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, announced at a press conference June 29 that the Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) received a $3.5 million grant for training in the green economy.|
The Green Innovation Challenge grant is a business-led program, targeting short-term job development in a growing sector. “Clean tech is California’s next wave of innovation,” said Bradshaw.
Over the last year, Chabin assisted NoRTEC in developing a sector strategy for renewable energy, focused on aligning Northern California’s different assets and resources. One outcome was the grant application. In a period of 10 days, Chabin coordinated the commitments and strategic alignment of resources necessary to prepare the successful application.
NoRTEC was one of six applicants selected out of 34 submitted to the state. The project targets renewable energy, including solar PV, solar thermal, concentrated PV, energy efficiency and power delivery systems (transmission, distribution, smart meter and smart grid).
Executive Director Stewart Knox said this performance-based program will put 350 people to work in the region over a two-year period. Additionally, it should result in new start-ups and commercial uses for new technologies.
NoRTEC represents 11 rural counties in Northern California. A key partner in the project is the North State Renewable Energy Consortium (NSREC), representing over 25 renewable energy companies, from local to international. Other participants include Butte College, CSU Chico, the Cleantech Innovation Center, and the Innovation Lab, as well as workforce and economic development agencies.
[Green Grant Backgrounder (PDF 250k)]