Tesla has announced plans to hire solar and energy storage project managers in China as the U.S. electric car maker moves to expand its energy business into the Chinese market. The two jobs were released by WeChat, the official official of Tesla’s human resources division, marking the first time the company has sought to hire such a position in China.
Tesla has yet to respond to a request for comment, and CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter last month that it would announce the timing of solar projects in China and Europe “soon”, but gave no further details.
One of the two hiring messages said Tesla was looking for managers to design and execute solar projects for commercial or residential customers, and the other said the company was looking for managers to develop photovoltaic energy storage projects. The hires will work at Tesla’s $2 billion Shanghai “super factory”, which began delivering chinese-made Model 3 electric cars late last year, the information said.
Tesla entered the solar business in 2016 with a $2.6 billion acquisition of California-based SolarCity, which it said was a keen energy business. The company offers solar services such as Solar Roof, a power generation system that looks like a normal roof, and Powerwall, which stores electricity generated by solar panels.
China’s energy authorities announced in January that they would allocate 1.5 billion yuan ($217.27 million) by 2020 to develop new solar power projects.