CBC News, 14 May 2012 ~~
The green energy sector has not delivered to Windsor the number of jobs several firms collectively promised during the last three years.
Through media releases, public announcements and media coverage of grand openings, CBC News has learned that eight companies promised they would fill up to 1,480 jobs in the alternative energy sector by the end of 2012. To date, three of those companies are operating in Windsor and employ approximately 262 people.
According to company spokesperson Patrick Persichilli, CS Wind currently employs 225 people. Schletter Canada, which manufactures solar panel mounting systems, employed 12 people in November of last year. It previously promised to hire 125.
Unconquered Sun confirmed Monday it has 25 employees but said in August 2011 it would double that number by the end of this year.
In an email to CBC News, Unconquered Sun CEO Sean Moore said he is in the process of hiring an additional 10 employees. “We have another planned expansion in July and will be hiring more at that time,” he wrote.
Moore’s company has diversified into manufacturing solar powered golf carts and pool pumps. “We’re not stacking panels in the corner and waiting for the phone to ring,” Moore said.
WindTronics, Siliken and Unisolar of LaSalle have closed up shop and left, leaving 480 promised jobs unfilled. Solar Source Corporation and Algatec were to collectively bring 400 jobs to the region but never came. read article