Clean Energy Jobs on the Rise
Ron Kamen was interviewed by “TheStreet” regarding E2’s report on clean energy jobs.
Ron Kamen is a New York Chapter Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) – a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors and others who promote smart environmental policies that drive economic growth. E2 members are active in nearly every state in the country, have built or financed more than 1,700 companies that have created more than 570,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.
From the interview:
“This Labor Day, the high tech jobs of the future are here now. The U.S. saw a doubling of clean energy jobs in 2015 Q2, with the majority of the new 12,500 jobs coming from solar, wind, electric vehicles, and efficiency. We see again how state and federal policies are so important for creating market certainty. The job growth was reported across 29 states, Arizona, California, Michigan, as well as Utah, Massachusetts and New York and more. At the state level, Renewable and Efficiency standards are driving growth. At the federal level, we see how important the continuation of the production and investment tax credits are to creating market certainty. And the federal Clean Power Program is going to be critical for continued exponential growth in clean energy jobs.
Next Step Living in Massachusetts has created 600 jobs, growing annual sales from $1 million to over $50 million in 3 years with insulation, weather-stripping, and other low tech, entry level jobs. SolarCity is going to create 1,000 jobs in Buffalo, NY with a high-tech solar manufacturing facility. Every two years, this new manufacturing plant will produce solar power cells that have the same energy capacity as the Indian Point nuclear power station.”