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Wind tower jobs have been overstated  

Credit:  Yuma Sun | January 13, 2013 | www.yumasun.com ~~

This is regarding the approval of the wind towers project by the San Luis City Council.

Ron Pickett, the president of Clean Wind Energy, said that they would create 2,500 temporary jobs. These workers would be trained on the job by supervisors to build the towers. Pickett will have to hire journeymen operators to operate the equipment such as bulldozers, earth movers, cranes, excavators, backhoes and front-end loaders to prepare the site for the foundation and floor.

They’ll have to hire journeymen carpenters to build the foundation forms. They’ll need journeymen steel workers for laying the rerod in the foundation and floor. Electricians will be needed to lay conduit for the wiring. Master plumbers will be needed to do the plumbing. They’ll need cement finishers to pour and finish the foundation and floor concrete. They’ll need skilled workers to erect the towers.

The cost of labor for 2,500 laborers at $10 per hour for an eight-hour shift is $25,000. Per week: $125,000. Per year: $6,500,000. To hire X amount of skilled workers at $20 per hour per eight-hour day equals eight times $20.

To employ 1,000 operators for three shifts 24/7 will take 250 operators per shift at $10 per hour, $2,500 per hour, $20,000 per eight-hour shift, $60,000 per 24-hour day for seven days is $420,000, for 365 days is $153,300,000.

A realistic number of operators per shift would be 12 operators per shift on three shifts, which adds up to 36 operators for 24 hours. Twelve operators at $10 an hour for an eight-hour shift is $960. For 24 hours it would be $2,880. For seven days it would come to $20,160. For a year, that comes to $7,358,400.

This realistic view is quite different than the figures Pickett indicated. What is Pickett going to do with all the other 964 employees?

To get the city council to give a preliminary approval of his project, Pickett has grossly overstated the employment opportunities for the people of San Luis.

OMAR CAMPBELL
Somerton

Source:  Yuma Sun | January 13, 2013 | www.yumasun.com

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