Sungevity to create 595 new jobs in Kansas City, Missouri
The expansion project will help the company support its expanding customer base across various time zones.
Headquartered in Oakland, Ca., Sungevity is considered one of the top residential solar companies in the nation. With its focus on making solar power easy and affordable for homeowners, the company can deliver a quote instantly with immediate visibility to savings on electricity bills. Today, the company services 11 states, the District of Columbia, the Netherlands and a joint venture in Australia.
Since energy solutions was identified by his Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth as a top target for next generation job creation, Gov. Nixon has made attracting investments in this field a priority of his administration.
The state has been a recent recipient of major expansions by companies that advance this industry and create high-paying, next-generation jobs, including Burns & McDonnell and BioStar Systems. Missouri's solar energy field, in particular, experienced one of the highest growth rates in the nation in 2013, according to a report from The Solar Foundation.
Last year, solar energy equipment manufacturers, installers and suppliers added 1,600 jobs in Missouri, earning the state 12th in the country for the number of solar jobs, up from 20th just two years ago.
To assist Sungevity with its expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has authorized a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria.
The City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, KCP&L, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Metropolitan Community College, and the University of Kansas also partnered with Sungevity to make its expansion possible. ■