Clean energy job growth at 11.8%

Elizabeth A David

On Tuesday, September 17 Governor
Deval Patrick announced that clean
energy jobs in Massachusetts grew by
11.8 percent between June 2012 and
June 2013, the second year of double
digit growth. Over the past two years,
clean energy jobs have grown by 24.4
percent with 5,557 clean energy
companies now employing 79,994
workers across the Commonwealth.
“Building a clean energy future is
central to our growth strategy, and
another year of double digit job
growth is proof that our strategy is
working,” said Governor Patrick. “We
pursue our clean energy agenda
because we cannot leave our future to
chance. Our clean energy industry is
putting thousands of our residents to
work in every corner of the Common –
wealth, catalyzing economic develop –
ment and creating a healthier Massa –
chu setts for the next generation.”
The job growth over the past year
is eight times faster than the overall
three-percent growth rate among all
industries combined in the Common –
wealth over the same period.
All four geographic regions of the
state saw an increase in clean energy
employment over the past 12 months.
The South Coast experienced the
most growth, with jobs increasing
14.3 percent from 2012 to 2013.
The report for the first year
directly counts jobs within the solar
industry, with more than 8,400
workers spending at least 50 percent
of their time supporting solar energy
businesses. This year, Massachusetts
reached the Patrick Administration’s
2017 goal of 250 megawatts of solar
installed four years early. To keep this
sector thriving, Governor Patrick
recently established a new goal of
1,600 MW of solar installed by 2020.
More than half of the Common –
wealth’s 5,557 clean energy firms are
classified as small businesses,
meaning they have five or fewer fulltime employees. The overwhelming
majority of job creation over the past
year came from new entrants into the
sector, including clean energy startups.
Larger, more established and
global companies have also shifted
into the clean energy market and
added to the industry’s growth in
recent years. Firms like FedEx,
Gillette and Shell, which recently
opened an office in Cambridge
focused on harnessing local
innovation, have made clean energy
part of their strategic investments.
For the second straight year,
manufacturing and assembly jobs
rose, this year by 20.6 percent. Clean
energy engineering and research jobs
grew by 32.4 percent

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