With sunny-weather friends like these, who needs …
In a Nov. 30 press release a Nevada company boasted about opening a job training center that would train 4,000 workers a year in the skills needed for its industry.
The press release quoted assorted Nevada elected officials heaping praise on the company:
“I’m proud to celebrate the opening of (the company’s) new training center, which will make Nevada the regional hub for training workers in the jobs of the 21st century,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Our homegrown … industry has already created over 6,000 good Nevada jobs, and has tremendous potential to continue driving innovation, economic diversification, and opportunity in the Silver State.”
Senator Harry Reid, whose office presented a certificate to commemorate the event, celebrated the opening saying, “Thank you for your contributions to the … industry in Southern Nevada.”
“(This) is the future of Southern Nevada,” said Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District. “(The company’s) new workforce training center will provide opportunities for people from across the region to learn new skills, contribute to our economy, and build a better … world for generations to come.”
Senator Aaron Ford, Democratic Leader of the Nevada Senate, Senator Ruben Kihuen, and other state and local officials joined (the company) leadership to cut the ribbon at the new facility today.
“The opening of (the company’s) Regional Training Center means more good jobs in one of Nevada’s most important and forward-thinking industries,” said Senator Aaron Ford, Democratic Leader of the Nevada State Senate. “Growing our … industry is not only good for our economy, but it will help our state continue to move towards a … future. I’m proud to help welcome this facility to Las Vegas and, more particularly, to Senate District 11.”
Oh yes, “the company” was SolarCity and the training would be in how to install rooftop solar panels. That was until three weeks after the press release came out. That was when the Public Utilities Commission changed the rates for so-called net metering customers of NV Energy — adding a delivery surcharge and slashing the credit residential and small business solar panel owners receive for uploading power to the grid.
The day after the decision, SolarCity announced it is ceasing installation work in Nevada. In that press release three weeks earlier, the company said it already employed 2,000 Nevadans. There were reportedly 6,000 people employed in rooftop solar panel installation in the state.
According to GreenTechMedia.com, The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) calculated that NV Energy’s new rates would add $40 to monthly bills of most solar customers, who currently save only $11 to $15 a month on their electricity bills. Do the math.
SolarCity is the same company that just two years ago received a $1.2 million taxpayer handout from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for opening operations in Nevada.
To add insult to injury, that Nov. 30 press release contained this boiler plate disclaimer:
This release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding future hiring and company expansion, and customer cost savings. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward looking statements.
Among those risks and uncertainties is the possibility that fawning politicians will pull the rug out from under you.
What a fine fettle the fickle finger of favoritism has foisted on this former friend.