(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The second annual ‘Clean Energy Works for Us’ report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) says that nearly 80,000 green jobs were added to the American economy in 2013 due to clean energy. Virtually every American state benefitted from these new jobs, even as challenges to green economic growth persist, due to market and policy uncertainties.
About 78,600 new green jobs were announced at 260 locations across the country in 2013. Solar energy took the lead by contributing to more than 21,600 of the new jobs, up from 14,000 in 2012. Solar was followed by energy efficiency with 12,500 jobs, up from 9,100 in 2012.
America’s clean energy economy continues to be led by solar energy. The country saw installation of 4,751 MW of new solar PV capacity, which is good for about 29 percent of all new U.S. electrical capacity. 90 percent of states increased their number of solar-related jobs, which improved overall employment rate by 20 percent to reach a total of about 143,000 workers.