Written By: Emma Websdale
Massachusetts efforts in clean energy have already boosted employment by 24% since 2011, with a new report expecting this figure to escalate job creation to 80,000.
According to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the commonwealth’s efforts in renewable energy, carbon management and alternative transportation have increased clean energy jobs by 24% since 2011. Positions in the field range from engineers to assembly workers.
Already, 20,000 people are employed under Massachusetts clean energy sector; however, the MassCEC report suggests that further boosts in the commonwealth’s green jobs is likely to grow by 11.1%, opening up to 80,000 jobs within the field.
Currently, solar technologies host the largest job opportunities, with 12,500 people employed under the sector. This figure has recently increased, after the commonwealth smashed its goal of installing 250 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity by 2017, by already installing 311 MW.
According to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts ranks 6th in the nation for total solar capacity by the Solar Energy Industries Association Standards. After successfully beating its target, Massachusetts has set a new goal of installing 1,600 MW of solar energy by 2010 – producing enough clean energy to power 400,000 homes.
Massachusetts second largest clean job provider is wind energy. Currently employing 2,300 people, the commonwealth’s plans to launch its first offshore wind farm by 2016 expects to accelerate this number by reaching 2,000 MW of installed wind power by 2020.
Massachusetts clean energy accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In June, the U.S Clean Tech Leadership Index ranked the commonwealth No.1 for its green energy policies and No.2 for technology development and installation.