Fact Checks

  • FACT: Renewable energy and clean tech industries have spurred significant job creation in the United States.

  • The renewable energy industry employs 5.7 million people worldwide. That includes more than 600,000 jobs in the U.S. alone. (International Renewable Energy Agency, December 2013, http://bit.ly/1jMKJv0)

  • The U.S. solar industry supported 142,698 jobs in 2013. California leads the states with nearly 50,000 solar jobs in-state. (The Solar Foundation, January 2014, http://bit.ly/1jSWaoj)

  • There are more solar workers in the U.S. than coal miners. In fact, Texas has more solar workers than ranchers, and California has more solar workers than actors. (CNN Money, April 2013, http://cnnmon.ie/1gwFy02)

  • Massachusetts has two times more jobs in clean energy than Pennsylvania does in natural gas. (GreenTech Media, September 2013, http://bit.ly/1cgme4C)

  • Energy efficiency currently supports 823,105 direct jobs in the U.S. (Environmental and Energy Study Institute, June 2013, http://bit.ly/1gMZdeo)

  • The renewable fuels industry supports over 400,000 jobs in the United States. (Cardno ENTRIX, January 2013, http://bit.ly/1mXYwiv)

  • The average U.S. wind farm creates 1,079 jobs over its lifetime. (Bloomberg, September 2012, http://bloom.bg/1nQQ6dh)

  • The U.S. wind industry supported over 80,000 jobs in 2012, from engineers to construction workers and manufacturers. (Department of Energy, August 2013, http://1.usa.gov/1glPJV8)

  • 70% of a wind turbine's value is created in the U.S. There are over 550 wind turbine manufacturing facilities in the U.S. (American Wind Energy Association, 2013, http://bit.ly/1jfr1eN)

  • The renewable energy and energy efficiency industries can create more than 37 million jobs and generate up to $4.3 trillion in revenue by 2030. (Management Information Services, January 2009, http://bit.ly/1jSZMXj)

  • Almost 15,000 clean energy jobs were created in the U.S. from April to June in 2013. (Environmental Entrepreneurs, November 2013, http://bit.ly/1dOarQN)

  • According to researchers at the University of California - Berkeley, renewable energy and "low carbon" industries generate more jobs per unit of energy delivered than the fossil fuels. (Energy Policy, August 2009, http://bit.ly/1glO0z7)

  • The geothermal energy industry creates 4 times more construction jobs on a per megawatt basis than the natural gas industry. (Geothermal Energy Industry, October 2013, http://bit.ly/L6Dlie)

  • A 3 megawatt landfill gas-to-energy project will increase statewide economic output by $4.3 million and lead to the creation of 20 to 26 jobs. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://1.usa.gov/1gNgmor)

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