Solar Project to host local business roundtable

Master contractor Amec Foster Wheeler leading roundtable event for local businesses on March 18

A local business roundtable event for the Panoche Valley Solar Project will be hosted 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 upstairs at the Hollister Veterans Memorial Building 649 San Benito Street in downtown Hollister. Master contractor Amec Foster Wheeler (AFW) will provide information on materials and service needs for the $650 million, 247 megawatt, 2500-acre photovoltaic project to be constructed over two years in Paicines located in southeast San Benito County.

AFW is seeking qualified vendors in San Benito County who are able to provide materials such as large and small transport vehicles, fuel, construction, safety, testing and communications equipment, temporary administrative, storage and restroom facilities, water and services including equipment and vehicle maintenance, surveying, aerial photography, disposal and recycling, transportation, road construction and maintenance, catering, security, safety and first aid services and employee housing.

Nearly 500 construction jobs are anticipated for the project and nearly 1,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs over the construction period with targeted local hiring and training requirements giving priority for San Benito County residents. Two local job fairs are planned for this Spring.

Amec Foster Wheeler is an international engineering and project management company that works globally on projects for clients in the oil and gas, mining, clean energy and environment and infrastructure markets. They are shaping the future of renewable energy with sustainable solutions to assist the global demand for clean energy. Their project experience in many of the key renewable sectors include wind, solar, biofuels, bioprocess, energy from waste, carbon capture and storage, and clean coal. They serve customers, in both the private and public sector, among the world’s biggest and best in their fields: BP, Shell, BR Petrobras, KNPC, Ontario Power Generation, GDF Suez, Sempra, ExxonMobil, Dow, Ineos Bio, EDF, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Hyundai, Ministry of Transportation, Rio Tinto, Northumbrian Water, Codelco, Chevron, K+S, Saudi Aramco, Petronas, Pemex, Marubeni Corporation, and Duke Energy to name just a few. For additional information, see the AFW website at


Panoche Valley Solar

530 San Benito Street Suite 102

Hollister, CA 95023

(888) 570- 5531

[email protected]

Kristina Chavez Wyatt

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.