‘Silicon Valley of energy’ plan by Octopus Energy: Plans to build a new technology, data science and AI centre in Manchester have been unveiled by Octopus Energy and also to double its existing workforce by the end of 2021.

The plan is said to underpin its ambition to establish the UK’s ‘Silicon Valley of energy’ the firm says.

Its sites in London, Brighton, Warwick and Leicester will get the new jobs and they will be offered primarily to graduates and those with science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds.

A new build technology centre is part of the plan from the energy company, which will be aimed at the development of smart grid technologies for the electrification of transport and heating.

Greg Jackson, Octopus Energy CEO said: “Our technology is making the UK the Silicon Valley of energy, and along with a flourishing market, can help make Britain the best place to invest in creating new clean electricity generation.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak welcomed today’s jobs announcement.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented: “These 1,000 jobs will provide exciting opportunities across the country for those who want to be at the cutting edge of the global green revolution.

“And it’s UK tech companies like Octopus who will ensure we continue to build back greener and remain a world leader in pioneering renewable energy, leading the path to net zero whilst creating thousands of skilled jobs.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “More green jobs is not only good news for British job seekers – it’s a vote of confidence in the UK economy as it recovers, and pivotal to our collective efforts to build a greener, cleaner planet.”

‘Silicon Valley of energy’ plan by Octopus Energy

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