South Buffalo Council Member Christopher Scanlon is upset that SolarCity isn't holding any of its information sessions on entry-level manufacturing jobs at its solar panel factory in the facility's own neighborhood.
Scanlon said he was disappointed that SolarCity is holding three information sessions in Williamsville, but none of the 14 sessions is being held in South Buffalo, near the South Park Avenue location of the factory.
"You should have reached out to my office for assistance in identifying an alternate location (to which there are many)," Scanlon wrote in a letter to a SolarCity executive.
"I am absolutely floored by SolarCity’s lack of regard for the neighborhood it has built its plant in," Scanlon wrote. "As usual with SolarCity, South Buffalo is an afterthought."
SolarCity representatives told Scanlon that the company had planned to hold one session in South Buffalo, but that it fell through because of a scheduling conflict.
"We worked with the NY state Department of Labor to secure the venues for the Information Sessions. Unfortunately there was a scheduling conflict with the location in South Buffalo and it was cancelled," said Kady Cooper, a SolarCity spokeswoman. "We are planning to reschedule that session."
SolarCity has a training and educational partnership in place with South Park High School to prepare current students for future roles in the solar energy industry. One of the company's recruiters also presented background on SolarCity at a block club meeting held at the Valley Center in October.