SolarCity Corp. has opened its first San Fernando Valley facility in Chatsworth.

The 16,800-square-foot operations center at 21040 Nordhoff St. serves as a Valley hub for the San Mateo company, from where installation crews can serve local customers.

The facility employs 61 full-time people, with an additional 15 positions available.

“We’re delighted to have a home in the Valley and look forward to creating more local jobs as we expand our services for homeowners and businesses in the region,” said Jim Cahill, SolarCity’s regional vice president of operations for Southern California.

The company has begun or completed several solar power installations in the area, including work with the Los Angeles, Glendale and Simi Valley Unified School Districts and rooftop installations at Wal-mart outlets in Porter Ranch and Santa Clarita.

SolarCity is one of the nation’s largest installers of solar panels. It was founded in 2006 and has more than 64,000 customers in 14 states. It has other local facilities in Lancaster, Culver City and Pomona.