E Light Electric Services, Inc. specializes in large-scale renewable projects, which require the installation and maintenance of solar energy systems. The Pflugerville Solar Project is a utility-scale project with 144 megawatts of capacity intended to bring low-cost solar power to the Austin area to help meet its commitment to clean, renewable energy.
With the solar energy industry on the cusp of a growth spurt, hiring in today’s market has only gotten more competitive. E Light looked to Workrise (Formerly HCS Renewable) to help staff up its projects cost-effectively—supporting its commitments to hiring local labor as well as providing safety training.
E Light needed to fill a large number of positions with a mix of general labor and labor already skilled in solar installation. E Light had a commitment to the city to staff the project (a minimum of 50%) with local laborers. The skilled positions required some knowledge of measuring, cutting, assembling, bolting, layout, and electrical testing—all specific to the solar industry.
In addition to its commitment to the city, bringing in a labor force from elsewhere in the US would have made their prices skyrocket. The cost of per diems can increase the cost of a project by 2x. With the bulk of the skilled solar workforce already deployed in West Texas, E Light needed to partner with a company who would have access to a local workforce close to the project.
E Light needed to leverage a local workforce to adhere to city regulation and to keep costs low.
Workrise identified high potential local workers and trained them up to support this project. This enabled E Light to keep costs low but it also empowered the local workforce by putting them into roles they may not have had access to without the partnership with Workrise. The training program was broken into two parts in order to help support new skill development and safety compliance. One was the standard OSHA-10 training required of all workers going onto the jobsite; the other was a combination training encompassing OSHA-10 as well as an introduction to the foundations of solar installation.
Reducing overhead and empowering workers
50%Locally Sourced Talent
15-20%Higher Attendance Rates
89%Roles Filled in 1 Week
Workrise (Formerly HCS Renewable) was able to help E Light achieve safety compliance, offering significant cost savings and much-needed training to upskill workers. With its broad local reach, Workrise helped keep the labor force to the required 50% local minimum and took the burden of training completely off of E Light.
E Light was able to staff 100% of its general labor positions—and 50% of its skilled labor positions—with local workers. The training functioned as an excellent vehicle for setting employee expectations and resulted in improved attendance rates over other workforce providers.
Full Compliance with OSHA
Everyone who stepped foot on the Pflugerville job site went through online OSHA-10 training for safety compliance.
Positive Community Impact
Workers looking for an opportunity to gain skills and enter the solar industry participated in a two-day in-person training on the foundations of solar construction.
By scheduling training on Mondays and Tuesdays, fully trained workers could arrive on the job site by Wednesday, resulting in less downtime.
By staffing so much of the workforce with local labor, E Light was able to keep costs down on per diems, completing its jobs in a cost-effective manner.
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