By Roy L Hales
The US added another 12,500 jobs during the second quarter. That’s twice as many as in the preceding quarter. Close to half of these were in the solar sector (5,895), but there were also substantial contributions from the wind (2,750) and electric vehicle (2,000)industries. These are some of the details been shared on the web for labour day. Environmental Entrepreneurs presents the second quarter’s 2nd Quarter’s Growth and Potential on a website called Clean Energy Works for us.
“This Labor Day weekend, the story is that more Americans are working because of clean energy,” E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe said in a news release.
Their success stories are told through webpages on every state in the Lower 48, which are accessible through a map.
Arizona led the nation in the creation of clean jobs, with 3,060 jobs. Most of these were connected to the 1,250 MW Solar Wind Downdraft Tower in San Luis. The hybrid system, whose unique design utilizes wind, solar power and temperature changes, is expected to employ 2,350.
California was second with 2,512 jobs. 1,400 of these were connected to the deployment of five utility scale solar operations in Kern, Imperial and Hemet counties. The new Tesla motors facility in Lanthrop and BYD’s eBus manufacturing plant in Lancaster added another 600 jobs.
Michigan was third, with 1,450 jobs. Almost all of these are from an expansion of the General Motors Adv. Battery Technology Manufacturing Plant in Detroit.
A comparison of existing and potential renewable energy is given for each state. This enables us to see that the 1,201 MWh currently harnessed in Arizona scarcely touches that state’s 23,831,508 GWh potential. A similar gap exists in California, where there is a potential of almost 22 million GWh and only 27,418 MWh developed. This same story is repeated through-out the US.
Every state page also has links to individual stories. One of Jaco Environmental’s plants dissembles between 100 and 150 fridges a day. The parts are recycled. A proposed the 8.5-mile light rail transit corridor, in Los Angeles, could create 18,000 jobs. North Carolina congregations from synagogues in Greensboro to Baptist churches in the heart of Charlotte, are installing solar panels on the roofs of their meeting places.
“Faith communities are really coming together as a leading voice for why we need to think about transferring our energy production from dirty sources to clean, renewable sources,” said Susannah Tuttle, director of North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light.
The story is told through a mixture of statistics and personal testimonies; picture, text and videos.
“We need our state and federal leaders to do their jobs too,” said E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe. “We need them to support smart policies that grow our economy and protect our environment – policies like the federal Clean Power Plan.”
(Image at top of page: How Clean Energy Works for Arizona – Clean Energy Works for US)