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Bright prospects: SunEnergy1 seeks workers at fair

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Mike Wallery (left) talks about employment opportunities with SunEnergy1 Equipment Maintenance Manager Will Williams at SunEnergy1's job fair at the Camden Public Library, Saturday. SunEnergy1, which is seeking to fill a number of positions in its solar facility business, was hoping to draw about 100 applicants to the fair, a company official said.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CAMDEN — Local people interested in working in the fast-growing solar industry had an opportunity Saturday to apply for positions with SunEnergy1 at the Mooresville company’s job fair at the Camden County Library.

Mike Wallery was one of those who visited the job fair Saturday morning. He currently works delivering house packages but said he is qualified for a number of the job openings with SunEnergy1 and wanted to explore the possibility of working for the company.

“I actually have a buddy of mine who works next door at Piedmont Gas and I heard about the job fair today and I just came in to talk to them,” Wallery said. “I’m just keeping my options open as far as work.”

Wallery said he believes SunEnergy1 — which has built a number of solar farms in Pasquotank, Currituck and other neighboring counties — has a bright future and offers a good opportunity for workers.

“It’s a fantastic company,” Wallery said. “They’re definitely going places.”

The company was hoping to have 100 or so applicants walk through the doors Saturday. More than 50 had turned up by 11:45 a.m., which was several hours after the fair began.

Cody Jannise, who works in human resources for SunEnergy1, said he expected the fair to reach its goal by the time it ended at 1 p.m.

Jannise said this was the first job fair SunEnergy1 had held in Camden. The county’s Board of Commissioners approved a 60-day moratorium on solar projects in late March. The moratorium has since expired.

SunEnergy1 has a large project in Moyock and worked with staffing companies to fill positions there, he said. But the company also likes holding its own job fairs so it can talk to applicants directly, he said.

Saturday’s event drew job-seekers from Camden, Moyock and Elizabeth City, Jannise said.

Jannise said that in addition to SunEnergy1’s large installation in Moyock, the company has one project currently approved in Camden and is working on approval for solar farms in two other sites in the county. He noted the company also is working on a project in Chowan County.

For each of the smaller sites the company will need 50-75 temporary employees for a four- to six-month period, and then 5-10 full-time employees, according to Jannise.

Maab Mohammad of South Mills said he developed an interest in working for SunEnergy1 because his brother works for the company. He said he’s seen first-hand that it’s a good company to work for.

Mohammad said his brother started with the company in the Elizabeth City area but now works in the company’s office in Charlotte.

Mohammad currently works in landscaping but hopes to take advantage of the opportunities SunEnergy1 provides. He said he applied Saturday for general labor.

“Maybe I’ll move up later,” Mohammad said.

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