Strata Solar Begins Construction of Western Cluster of Solar Farms

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Strata Solar hires 170 new staff to begin work on a new group of utility scale solar projects totalling over 38 MW in western North Carolina.

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"We are very proud of the jobs we are creating."
- Markus Wilhelm, CEO, Strata Solar

Strata Solar and the National Youth Chamber of Commerce (NYCC) recently held job fairs at the Urban League of Central Carolinas in Charlotte and Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory to hire a new workforce to build a series of utility scale solar farms in the western part of the state. The events were a huge success with nearly 250 people attending resulting in Strata Solar extending offers to 170 of the attendees.

Strata Solar’s western cluster will ultimately consist of at least six 6.4 MW solar farms with each project utilizing over 26,000 solar panels to create enough clean energy to power nearly 1,000 average households in North Carolina. Development has already begun on the first two projects in Mocksville and Arndt. The following four solar projects will be located in Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, and Lincoln counties.

“We are very proud of the jobs we are creating,” said Markus Wilhelm, CEO, Strata Solar. “Too often job creation gets left out of the solar discussion. We recently started construction on our fifth and sixth farms in our southeastern cluster where we have been employing a similar number of dedicated employees since the start of the year. To be adding another 170 new people to the roster – people who have been fighting hard to find a job, people with families, this is what it’s about for me, for our company.’

Strata Solar and the Youth Chamber of Commerce worked closely with the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, the Region C Workforce Development Board, the Urban League of Central Carolinas and the Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board to set up and drive awareness of the job fairs.

“Strata Solar is recognized in the community as a 'Community Hero,'” said Bob Robinson, NYCC Volunteering Program Director. “Companies that drill down into a community as it conducts its business become catalysts for community economic development. Strata Solar is a premiere solar firm and leader in human capital development.”

About Strata Solar LLC
Strata Solar LLC is a leading provider of complete solar energy systems and installations. In addition to turnkey services for the complete design, construction and installation of utility, commercial and residential photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, Strata Solar provides a full array of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, separately, as needed, to solar developers and companies interested in clean renewable energy. Headquartered in its LEED Silver certified office and showroom in Chapel Hill and expansive warehouse nearby, Strata Solar also has operations in California. Visit for more information.

About the National Youth Chamber of Commerce
The National Youth Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of youth through the installation of human capital development programming at the community level. Their mission is to provide a positive environment where young men and women are empowered to invest in themselves, their futures and their communities. Visit for more information.

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