EB5 Investors Magazine (English Edition) Volume 5, Issue 1 - Page 39

The Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biorefinery produces 65 million gallons per year of ethanol, which amounts to 20 percent of North Dakota’s annual fuel demand. Nearly 2,000 direct and another 2,000 indirect jobs are projected to be created as a result of EB-5 investment. Similarly, McCoy Solar Energy Center of Riverside, CA received $100 million in EB-5 capital, creating over 4,000 jobs.5 The center officially started operations in 2016 and has already secured major contracts. Last November, NextEra Energy Resources and its partners commissioned McCoy and a second solar center (Blythe) to help California meet its renewable energy targets. Together, the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers have a generating capacity of 485 megawatts and are capable of powering more than 181,000 homes.6 GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE As the EB-5 program is expected to undergo changes over the next several years, many hope that the USCIS mandates regional centers to invest in more innovative companies. While creating innovative jobs is more difficult than creating conventional ones, never shying away from a challenge is what America was built on. If greater EB-5 dollars are allotted to innovation and disruption, America might find itself closer to becoming fully energy independent, curing diabetes and solving climate change. Kerry MacLaine Kerr y MacLaine ser ves as vice president of Business Development at The Plan Writers, a premier business plan writing company founded in 2012. She is an avid fosterer of partnerships with immigration attorneys, EB-5 investors, and entrepreneurs, leveraging her resources to facilitate their path to success. She is a graduate of the John Molson School of Business in Montreal. Matthew Khalili Matthew Khalili is the founder of The Plan Writers, and has over a decade of entrepreneurial and strategic planning experience. Established in 2012, The Plan Writers is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed in America. Khalili has expertise in business plan writing and also serves as an expert witness for EB-5 litigation. He earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. EB5INVESTORS.COM 38