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The Clean Energy Economy is Creating Jobs

May 31, 2012

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Clean energy jobs are being created all across the country.

Clean energy jobs are being created all across the country.

Clean energy jobs announced by sector during the first quarter of 2011 (Jan 1-March 31).

Clean energy jobs announced by sector during the first quarter of 2011 (Jan 1-March 31).

The clean energy economy is here, and creating jobs all across the country. In fact, some may even be in your neighborhood.

Recently Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) reported 137 clean energy job announcements that could create 46,000 jobs in 42 states. From manufacturing plants to power generation projects to energy efficient retrofits, more than 126 companies, cities, and organizations are creating jobs across this great land. From Atlanta to Michigan to Arizona, workers are finding jobs in the clean energy field. 

In Atlanta a new streetcar will increase mobility for citizens traveling between downtown and the greater Atlanta region. This project will create almost 1,000 construction jobs alone.

In Madison County, Indiana, just outside Indianapolis, a 200 megawatt wind farm is being built. Besides generating electricity for up to 60,000 homes, more than 300 workers have been hired to help build the farm.

Yuma, Arizona is the new home to a solar plant – the first on a state trust land – creating 100 construction jobs for workers in the Grand Canyon State.

Magna E-Car Systems is opening a manufacturing facility in Michigan to produce parts for electric and hybrid vehicles. The 66,000 square-foot facility will expand its 95 employees to 525 over the next five years.

These are just a few examples of how local government and national organizations are recognizing that the clean energy economy is here, and here to stay. You can learn more about jobs being created by the transition to a clean energy economy in E2’s full report.