Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
The Commonwealth has a history of incubating invention and innovation. So, it’s no surprise that we have a vibrant clean energy industry that has been churning out clean energy technologies that will create revolutionary change benefiting our economy, environment and society for years to come. Last month my staff and I at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released a report that shows how far and wide these innovative technologies impact our economy in Massachusetts.
The report—the 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report —finds that at least 64,310 employees are working in clean energy from the Berkshires to Cape Cod, and that employment in the last year alone grew 6.7 percent. It also found that our technology strengths are in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, with more than half of the 4,909 clean energy companies in the state working in these areas.
While many people associate Massachusetts businesses with research and development, through this report, we’ve learned that clean energy companies are active in all points of the supply chain, including manufacturing, sales, and the installation of renewable energy. From New England Breeze, a local solar installer that is helping residents in its hometown of Hudson and beyond power their homes with solar energy, to FastCAP Systems, which is developing a technology that uses miniature carbon nanotubes to make energy storage devices more efficient, there are thousands of clean energy companies starting, growing and scaling here in the Commonwealth.
With this report, we have quantified how this industry—made up of a vibrant community of visionary people, world-class institutions, and a highly educated and productive workforce, working together to propel clean energy technologies from the drawing board to the global marketplace—provides one of the best opportunities for major economic and job benefits in the Commonwealth.
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