Right now, there are well over a million Americans working in the clean and renewable energy industry. Whether they are construction workers building a solar plant, auto workers assembling a hybrid vehicle, manufacturing plant workers turning out hydropower components, electricians wiring a LEED-certified building, or entrepreneurial veterans bringing ideas from the battlefield to the homefront – they are real Americans doing real jobs. And their numbers are growing.

Key Stats

  • 96,875: Jobs in Illinois supported by clean energy. (Source: Crain's Chicago Business,
  • 16,000: Jobs created by Massachusetts’ “Green Communities Act,” passed in 2008. (Source: The Boston Globe,
  • 142,698: The amount of Americans employed by the solar industry in 2013, a 20% increase from the year before. (Source: The Solar Foundation,
  • 383,206: The amount of jobs supported by the ethanol industry in 2012. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association,
  • 448: The amount of turbines comprising the largest order for wind energy in history, all of them made in America. (Source: Reuters,
  • 20: The number of permanent, high-paying jobs created by the Blue Creek Wind Farm, which adds $5 million per year to the local economy of Ohio (Source: Journal Gazette,
  • 20,000: The number of renewable energy jobs in Massachusetts (Source: The Boston Globe,
  • 164,000: The number of jobs that could be added by 2030 as a result of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (Source: The US Chamber of Commerce,
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Veterans In Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future

— The Solar Foundation, February 2014,

Clean Energy Works for Us: 2013 Third Quarter Clean Energy/Clean Transportation Jobs Report

— Environmental Entrepreneurs, November 2013,

2013 Second Quarter Clean Energy/Clean Transportation Jobs Report

— Environmental Entrepreneurs, August 2013,

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“The wind power movement is providing us with a unique opportunity to advance energy as industry,”

— New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R),

“We cannot overlook the impact of the wind industry on economic development and jobs in Iowa,”

— Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R),

“Green jobs are already an important part of the construction labor workforce, and signs are that they will become industry standard.”

— Harvey Bernstein, vice president, Industry Insights and Alliances for McGraw-Hill Construction,

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