The investment by SSE, the parent company of energy supply company SWALEC, includes £2million of business finance from the Welsh Government. The new SWALEC Smart Energy Centre will be based in Treforest
Business Minister Edwina Hart welcomed the news:
"I am pleased the Welsh Government is supporting this significant investment in one of our key sectors that will not only create several hundred sustainable ‘green’ jobs but also boost the skills base needed to support this fast growing sector.
“The expansion will offer excellent training and employment opportunities for young people in the area while contributing to and supporting the Welsh Government’s low carbon targets.”
The SWALEC Smart Energy Centre will provide a base for the specialist teams who are responding to the fast changing energy market. It is expected the site will take around six months to complete.
The new roles will include micro-generation, PV installation, a new solid wall insulation business, and an expansion of the Home Services maintenance team. It will also provide a base for the Contracting division of SSE in addition to providing the skills to ensure the smooth roll out of smart meters in the future.
SSE Chief Executive, Ian Marchant said:
“Today’s announcement shows the strength of our commitment to Wales. It demonstrates our willingness to invest and create new jobs and this exciting new training centre will ensure our staff will have the skills to be at the forefront of this green energy revolution. We are grateful for Welsh Government support for helping us realise this ambition”
SSE is the leading generator of renewable energy in the UK and SWALEC the supply brand has a loyal customer base of over 1.3m customers in Wales. The company currently employs over 2,000 people in Wales at its two Customer Service Centres in Cardiff, Uskmouth Power Station and a Metering and Contracting business and Street Lighting Division.
In the past four years SSE has created over 800 new jobs in Wales through a significant expansion it in its business activities.
The new training centre will provide an excellent training facility for staff from Wales and throughout the UK to enhance their skill in new green technologies and will also be a platform to build new commercial opportunities from the Government’s Green Deal proposal.