Operating Engineers Local No. 3 – May 2019 News
The 200-megawatt utility-scale Wright Solar project is unique
on its own, simply because of its enormity and location. Spanning
across a giant, privately owned 2,700-acre field nestled in Los
Banos, southwest of the intersection of I-5, Hwy. 33 and Hwy.
152, 1,300 acres will be used for solar panels to power 100,000
San Mateo County homes with clean, efficient energy. Just how
efficient? According to the electricity provider, Peninsula Clean
Energy (PCE), its rates will save county residents about $17 million
a year, with their energy being 100 percent renewable by 2025.
But the project is even more unique specifically for Operating
Engineers with signatory Live Action, because it is under a Project
Labor Agreement (PLA), meaning every construction job the
project creates will belong to a unionized, local craft – big news
for our Central Valley members, who rarely enjoy short work
“I get a chance to go home, which is a rarity sometimes,” said
District 50 Lead Gradechecker Nick Dodson.
Having local union labor has been important to PCE from Day
One, because the company believes a partnership between an
inclusive and sustainable workforce is critical to everyone’s success.
“As a local Community Choice agency, it is very important to
us and our board members, who are locally elected city council
members and county supervisors, to have a Sustainable Workforce
policy that prioritizes utilizing union labor when possible,” said
PCE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jan Pepper.