1,200 Applicants Show Up for 400 Jobs

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 10:45 AM PDT
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1,200 Applicants Show Up for 400 Jobs

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Some 1,200 job seekers have showed up to fill out applications for work at a massive Southern California solar project being built in the desert east of Palm Springs.

First Solar Inc.'s 550-megawatt solar farm, which will generate enough power for 165,000 homes, is expected to employ 630 people. Wednesday's job fair is to fill the first 440 spots.

The Palm Springs Desert Sun says the firm's first job fair at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella was a huge success. People clutching resumes waited in line, some saying they have been out of work for years and will take any job.

Earlier this month, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the project on 4,100 acres of public land about 60 miles east of Indio.

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