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Solar power company expanding in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- One company's expansion could mean cheaper electricity and more jobs here in southern Nevada.

California-based Solar City wants to make Las Vegas its second headquarters.

The company is offering a new plan for homeowners and businesses to get solar power, which it says will lower utility bills by 15 to 20 percent.

With more customers, the company needs more workers and these jobs are not temporary.

Solar City CEO Lyndon Rive is like a celebrity to his employees.

"Everybody is extremely passionate at the company," Rive said.

Rive says his company was founded nearly eight years ago on July 4th and the date was significant because the company wants to become independent of fossil fuel.

Rive claims Solar City makes solar power more affordable.

"The installation is free. The equipment is free. The maintenance is free. The insurance is free, you only pay for the electricity," Rive said.

All of that is through a new plan home and business owners can sign up for starting Thursday that has a 20-year commitment. If you sell your home, the deal gets transferred to the buyer.

"There is no catch what so ever. It is just pay less for clean energy," David Rodriguez with Solar City said.

With more customers expected, more jobs will be open at Solar City.

"I knew that they had open offices here in Las Vegas, and I found a way in," Rodriguez said.

On the same day of this big announcement, Rodriguez is celebrating his own victory after working here since December.

"I was just promoted today," Rodriguez said.

Sean Cutrer says his was ready to pack up and go back home to California after a lengthy job search, until he landed this job.

"Just to see all that is here today and see our growth is just amazing for me to see," Cutrer said.

Rive says 400 people already work here, and Solar City plans to add 400 more jobs.

"We're going be the biggest utility company very soon," Rodriguez said.

The jobs they are expected to add at Solar City are administrative, sales and operational. They need people to install solar panels. Salaries can range from $25,000 to $80,000 a year.

If you are a home or business owner and sign up for that new plan now, you probably won't be set up until October.

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