Statewide, jobs grew by 10.5 percent from 2013 to 201, the fourth straight year of job growth in the clean energy economy. All told, it has 88,372 employees in 6,00 firms.
The news release touts statewide programs and the Clean Energy Center's efforts fostering the industry.
Locally, the Clean Energy Center has:
Helped increase the efficiency of the hydroelectric plant at Open Square in Holyoke with an $85,000 grant. Similar hydropower grants went to Holyoke Gas & Electric and m,ay soon go to other hydropower operators int eh region . the money comes from a surcharge on utility bills.
Is helping Holyoke plan for the eventual closing of the coal -fired power Mount Tom Power Station.
Named the Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park a clean-energy incubator.
The report shows that 950 of those clean -energy forms are in Western Massachusetts.
Western Massachusetts job growth by sector:
- 4.9 percent was in manufacturing
- 9.2 percent was in research and engineering
- 5.3 percent was in sales and distribution
- 51.4 percent was in instillation
- 13.8 percent in finance and legal
- 15.4 percent in other
- Southeast Massachusetts saw 22 percent job growth in clean energy
- Northeast Massachusetts saw 10 percent job growth
- Central Massachusetts showed zero percent job growth in the sector.
Statewide, employers expect to add another 11,700 jobs in the next year , an expected 13.3 percent growth rate, the report said. The Massachusetts clean energy industry is expected to exceed 6,000 employer and 100,000 workers by early 2015.
Today there are:
- 643 megawatts of solar and
- 103 megawatts of wind installed around the state
Also, all told clean energy accounts for $10 billion in gross state product, 2.5 percent of the commonwealth's total.