Hello again! My name is Dan Frantz, the newest member of the Kurz Wind Team. I’m thankful to be working within the Wind Industry with Kurz Industrial Solutions and wanted to share my experiences throughout the process from initial research to my take on the wind industry itself now that I’ve been here for nearly six months. This is my final part of a three-part blog, and you can read parts one and two here.
This is all subjective feedback on my experience in wind over the last few months. If the preceding data isn’t compelling enough, let’s dive into what wind energy really looks like from the inside.
The people of Wind are incredible. They have a passion for their work, take pride in their craft, and understand how critical their role is in advancing alternative energy source production. Employees of different energy companies tend to share best practices and spend time together outside of work. It is not rare to see the wind technicians having a summer grill out at the warehouse eating alongside the health and safety and site manager. As a salesman walking in the door for the first time without an appointment, you tend to be greeted with open arms, a coffee, and full attention in the conference room.
Wind employees are happy to walk into work and bring new ideas to the table. Everyone from a technician to the VP of Assets permits the industry to continuously improve and take responsibility for global environmental impact. You feel warm and welcome because you are apart of a rapidly growing movement.
Impact on Communities
It is not rare for many energy companies and wind farms to get involved in the local community. You’ll typically see giant donated checks, local events like chili cook-offs, and brand new soccer fields being built by the wind farms in the surrounding area. The messaging is consistent: provide energy that powers homes and gives back to the local communities that illicit access to operate your massive, beautifully-engineered turbines on private land.
Let’s take a look at NextEra Energy, the largest U.S. based owner of wind turbines. Since the year 2000, they have donated over 36 million dollars to United Way and have been involved with organizations like Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, Children’s Home Societies, Consumer Credit Counseling, and Meals on Wheels. Frequently, you are given an opportunity to volunteer and donate your time to leave a positive imprint on someone else’s life.
The story of Wind energy and its development across the world is spectacular. From early players like Zond and Vestas running into bankruptcy to global adoption of emerging technologies, Wind has withstood the test of time and superseded all expectations. Countries across the world are pushing wind initiatives and some – like Costa Rica – are running on 100% wind power. More and more career opportunities and technological advancements make Wind a powerful and growing industry. As a frustrated employee leaving the tech space, I can safely say that Wind has given back to me in ways I’d never fathom. Based on the data and personal feedback, I encourage you to explore your opportunities and broaden your scope of job prospects within Wind.
If you have any questions about getting into Wind, need assistance on resources, or have a genuine curiosity about the industry’s insiders, reach out to the Kurz Wind team today!