Over 3 Million in U.S. Now Work for Clean Energy

Today, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs - equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.   Full Press Release:

Chinese solar company opening local module factory in September

Victor A. Patton for Sacramento Business Journal:  A solar module factory expected to bring more than 200 jobs to Sacramento is slated to begin production in mid-September at McClellan Business Park.  It will be the first U.S. factory for Nanjing, China-based solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy Co, who on Thursday announced its subsidiary Sunergy America has agreed to lease a 140,000-square-foot manufacturing building — previously a plant where J.C. Penney made window coverings. Simon Szeto, a Sunergy advisor, said the company will bring around 20 management staff from overseas and will hire other employees locally.  The work being done at the factory will include putting together the modules. Each module includes a solar cell, an aluminum frame, tempered glass, cables and a junction box. The completed products, which can be placed on a ground mount or rooftop, will be sold commercially in the U.S, Szeto said.  Cont'd...

Intersolar - Storage a Promising Source of Solar Job Growth, Paper Finds

The combined use of solar and storage technologies could lead to 27,000 new jobs by 2021, according to a new discussion paper released by The Solar Foundation

The Women Behind Solar Energy's Success

SEIA's Empowerment Series Kicks off in Washington D.C. with "Women's Empowerment: Leaders in Energy"

#MillionSolarStrong Campaign Kicks Off Today, Promising Continued Record Growth and New Jobs

The report is timed with the solar community's launch of the #MillionSolarStrong campaign, which celebrates the fact that the industry has raced past a million installations and is rapidly accelerating toward 2 million.

REPORT: California's Advanced Energy Industry Has More Than Half a Million Workers, Up 18 Percent from Last Year

Growing at three times the rate of employment overall and accounting for more than 3 percent of the state total, advanced energy supports more jobs in California than agriculture, three times as many as motion pictures, TV, radio.

Introducing IREC's Updated Solar Career Map

A new resource for training providers

UK - It could be lights out for solar power under this government

Terry Macalister for The Guardian:  Ministers rightly wring their hands over the 2,200 jobs being lost at the 98-year-old Redcar steelworks hit by low-cost Chinese competition. But they seem deaf to warnings of 27,000 jobs being potentially lost in a brand-new industry now facing crisis due to their own clumsy cuts. Almost 1,000 redundancies have already been made by the solar panel installersMark Group and Climate Energy. No one in the industry believes this will be the end of the sad story. The latest flashpoint for “green” developers is the government plan to slash the feed-in tariff – which subsidises people installing solar panels on their home – by almost 90%. Meanwhile, an energy-efficiency regime has been scrapped with only a vague promise of a future replacement. If these were isolated examples, then companies might be willing to hang on in the hope of better things to come. But they are the latest in a series of cuts not just to solar but also to onshore wind, and come at a time when it seems maximum effort is being expended on removing roadblocks to shale-gas frackingand nuclear power. Cont'd...

SUNRUN OPENS NEW MARLBOROUGH BRANCH, BRINGING MORE THAN 100 JOBS TO MASSACHUSETTS

Leading Residential Solar Company Nearly Doubles Local Workforce

Array Technologies Adds CFO as Rapid Growth Continues

Company supports growth initiatives with Bob Bellemare's strategic business expertise

#SolarVets Line Up for Scholarships to Solar PV Training by Ambassador Energy

The two-week August 2015 solar course was offered as a one-time scholarship for the first 16 students, who applied and qualified with their military DD215. Within a week of the offer being made public, the course has been filled and a wait list begun.

Investment In Renewable Energy Yields More Jobs Than Fossil Fuel Sector

Joshua S Hill for CleanTechnica:  A new report has determined that investments in energy-efficient and renewable energy sources yield more jobs for a set amount of spending than investing in maintaining or expanding the fossil fuel industry. [wind turbine cowboy jobs] The report, Global Green Growth: Clean Energy Industrial Investment and Expanding Job Opportunities, was published earlier this week and presented at the Vienna Energy Forum 2015 by its two authors, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). “Significant progress has already been made in overcoming the hitherto conventional wisdom that taking steps to cut GHGs is incompatible with economic growth,” said Yvo de Boer, Director-General of GGGI. “This report moves the debate another positive step forward by showing that employment and development result from sustainable, green growth.”

SUNRUN BRINGS AFFORDABLE HOME SOLAR AND NEW JOBS TO SOUTH CAROLINA

Leading Residential Solar Company Offers South Carolina Residents a Cheaper, Cleaner Energy Solution

The Veteran Asset and Ambassador Energy Host Solar Photovoltaic Training for Transitioning Military Service Members and Veterans

The course beginning June 8th, 2015, is designed to empower veterans to immediately qualify for jobs within the solar industry. It concludes with the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and customized placement services with local, regional and national solar firms.

Solar Jobs Rivalry - MD vs. VA

Renewable Energy Corporation, a Baltimore solar panel installer, created the graphic below to show how Maryland and Virginia measure up against each other.

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