Dec 15, 2011 - UK power company SSE (LON:SSE) yesterday said it would establish a training centre for the renewable energy industry in Wales.
The Swalec Smart Energy Centre is to be located in Treforest and will see up to 250 jobs created in southern Wales, the company said. Swalec is an energy supplier, part of SSE.
The centre will represent an investment of GBP 7 million (USD 10.8m/EUR 8.3m). The Welsh government is supporting the initiative with GBP 2 million of business finance.
The site is expected to take half a year or so to complete.
SSE said the new positions would involve micro-generation, photovoltaic installation, a new solid wall insulation business and an expansion of the Home Services maintenance team. The centre would also provide foundation for SSE's Contracting division and create skills to support the future roll out of smart meters.
Ian Marchant, chief executive of SSE, said the move demonstrated the company's commitment to Wales and its willingness to invest and create jobs, adding that the centre would "ensure our staff will have the skills to be at the forefront of this green energy revolution."