The interactive US Clean Energy Progress Map was introduced today (Feb. 28) to show the impressive economic and jobs impact of wind, solar and energy efficiency projects in localities across the US. The data shows that the industries support 2.2 million jobs and wind and solar had generated roughly $190 billion in investments across the US by the end of 2017.
The tool, the U.S. Clean Energy Progress Map was launched by a coalition of partners including the Alliance to Save Energy, The Blue Green Alliance and Environmental Defense Fund, among others. The tool was built by Kevala Inc., which consolidated current, credible, and publicly available data on the clean energy sector. It allows users to see the economic impact of clean energy on a national level and as a local as each congressional district. Kevala will update the data on a semiannual basis.
“In 2018, every level of government is facing decisions that will shape the future of our country’s energy landscape,” said Kateri Callahan, President of Alliance to Save Energy. “Current conversations around traditional energy sources focus on job creation and the economy. However, when discussing the economic potential of energy efficiency and renewables the same opportunities are seldom presented. This map serves an essential purpose – to empower citizens, and their political representatives, with a better understanding of the energy landscape and the economic impact of clean energy investment down to the local level.”
Energy efficiency, which includes insulation installers, construction workers, heating and air conditioning workers and more, had the most jobs 1.9 million employees, while wind and solar generated 105,000 and 260,000 jobs, respectively. However, wind and solar generate significant investments across the country, with solar creating $124 billion in investments and wind generating $65 billion investments.
"The clean energy economy is connected to economic growth,” said Aram Shumavon, Kevala CEO. “This map helps illuminate that connection by combining jobs data across solar, wind and energy efficiency technologies, quantifying real economic impacts for geographies across the entire United States.”
The map uses information from sources like The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census, BW Energy Employment Index and more. The tool does not track investments in energy efficiency because it said there is no public and industry data available.Tweet