Rapidly expanding solar contractor SolarCity Corp. formally opened its Stockton operations center yesterday, with company officials saying they had hired 79 employees since December and are looking for more.
Demand for SolarCity services was growing last fall, and the company had three crews a day out of Sacramento working in Stockton, Manteca or other San Joaquin County communities, said Dennis Cox, SolarCity's regional vice president.
"It got big enough that it was time to open an office and hire more people," he said.
The company has nine crews working out of the Stockton facility, on Arch-Airport Road in south Stockton, and that continues to grow.
"We're hiring every week," Cox said.
"That means a lot to this community," Rep. Jerry McNerney said.
The Stockton Democrat helped inaugurate SolarCity's new office, noting that besides creating jobs and helping reduce carbon emissions, it is tapping the Central Valley's abundant sunshine.