September 11, 2020
COVID-19’s Impact on CleanTech Employment
COVID-19 has negatively impacted employment in every sector, but the clean energy sector has been hit particularly hard, losing over 620,000 jobs in the US, according to a recent E2 study. The analysis of Department of Labor data found that 620,590 workers in clean energy occupations, representing 18.5% of the industry’s workforce, filed for unemployment […]

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May 12, 2014
Global renewable energy jobs count tops 6.5 million – IRENA
Approximately 6.5 million peopled were employed by the renewable energy industry worldwide last year, according to the latest figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Abu Dhabi-based agency, which represents over 150 countries and was launched in 2009 with a goal of providing a renewable energy-focused partner to the International Energy Agency (IEA), will today publish Renewable Energy and […]

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January 7, 2014
Growing Jobs—In Cleantech and Throughout the Economy
By Tom Ranken, President & CEO, Washington Clean Technology Alliance In cleantech, as in other sectors, startups are key. The role of early stage companies in innovation has been well established.  Small companies have the ability to create world-class expertise in a very focused area.  They are flexible enough to change direction before a large […]

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December 17, 2013
Ecotech Institute Reveals Top Green Jobs for 2014
Green jobs are on the rise, and 2014 is slated to be a great year for growth in the sustainable energy sector, according to Ecotech Institute. The Ecotech Institute Clean Jobs Index has become a valuable tool in measuring and disclosing the reality of green jobs and other sustainability factors across the United States. The […]

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August 23, 2013
Outback Power Opens New Facility
Outback Power has opened a brand new, expanded facility in Arlington, WA.  In addition to dignitaries from the company and its parent, Alpha Group, Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured the new facility. Outback Power designs and makes renewable energy electronics.  It has 70 employees that were referred to as “highly skilled, green collar” jobs.  The […]

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February 7, 2013
CleanTech Job Overview – 2013
CleanTech Alliance continually works to quantify cleantech jobs. That’s not an easy task since the cleantech industry is both a vertical and horizontal industry sector. Cleantech jobs are found in all industry sectors. Aerospace jobs develop alternative jet fuels and optimize flight efficiency and aerodynamics. Software jobs create the next-generation of energy systems and controls. Manufacturing […]

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November 30, 2012
Startups Lead the Way in Job Creation Since 2008
The pace of recovery in hiring and job creation since 2008 is stronger in newer firms (two years or younger) than in more established companies, according to Job Creation, Worker Churning, and Wages at Young Businesses, a report by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  Despite elevated worker turnover rates, the percentage of hiring based on […]

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October 23, 2012
Governor's Race: Energy and Climate Issues
  Here is a thoughtful piece on the role of cleantech and the environment in the race for Governor in Washington by Martha Baskin in Crosscut, October 23, 2012.       See more on Jay Inslee’s Views: Cleantech plan:  Find the portion of Inslee’s Job Creation plan that is specific to cleantech here. Job […]

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September 25, 2012
McKenna and Inslee on Job Creation
More information:  Jim Brunner, Seattle Times, September 24, 2012 An important issue for cleantech interests–and the state–is the contrast in the two gubernatorial candidates would attack one of the prime problems that our state–and nation–face:  The creation of new jobs.  This issue was amplified again by the most recent job numbers:  August’s unemployment rate rose […]

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