HARLINGEN, TEXAS (MAY 23, 2019) – The wind energy industry is quickly growing and in 2018 it was estimated that more than 26,000 Texans worked in the wind industry. Additionally, Texas currently produces 23 gigawatts of renewable energy – that’s enough to power more than 6.2 million homes.
This week the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA) held its largest wind energy conference in the Western Hemisphere. Harlingen Economic Development Corporation’s (HEDC) Industrial Development Manager German Rico attended the Houston event that brought together more than 7,600 business people, policy experts, innovators, technicians, and students.
“Because of our close proximity to the already existing wind farms in South Texas and in Northern Mexico, it’s important for us to be present at these events,” Rico said.
This rise in the industry also means more job creation statewide and locally, which also increases the need for a better trained workforce. Harlingen’s Texas State Technical College (TSTC) currently offers a two-year Wind Energy Technician Program that has graduates earning an average salary of $53,000.
“Creating these connections within the wind industry is important so that we can showcase what Harlingen has to offer,” Raudel Garza, HEDC manager & CEO, said. “We have an equipped workforce, training programs through TSTC, and a booming industrial sector.”
Texas Wind Farms map.