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E2 Report: Nearly 10,000 clean energy, transportaion jobs announced across U.S. in first quarter

A new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs shows that more than 9,800 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced across the country the first three months of 2015. This is almost double the number E2 tracked the corresponding quarter a year ago. The top three states for the quarter were: Georgia (2,870 jobs), California (1,885) and Texas (1,612). New Mexico, Michigan, Colorado, Virginia, Utah, Maryland and Indiana rounded out the top 10.


Georgia led states in clean energy jobs during first quarter, according to report

Georgia’s booming solar industry led to its rank as the No. 1 job creator in the clean energy industry during the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released Tuesday. Projects across the state totaled 2,870 job announcements, nearly 1,000 more than California, which is second, and 1,200 more than third-place Texas.


Virginia seventh nationally in clean energy and transportation jobs

Virginia ranked seventh in the nation for clean energy and transportation job announcements in the first quarter of 2015, according to E2. The job growth is attributed to the increase in wind and solar manufacturers. While this is the first time Virginia has been in the top ten, many of Virginia’s neighboring states have appeared in the report in previous years. “When it comes to Virginia’s clean energy future, the Commonwealth can not only catch up with its neighbors and the rest of the South, but it can become a national clean energy leader as well,” said E2 executive director, Bob Keefe, in a release. “The Clean Power Plan is Virginia’s best shot at finally doing so.”

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NEW: E2's Q1 2015 Clean Energy Jobs Report

Nearly 10,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced across the country in the first three months of 2015.

For the first time, Georgia topped the state rankings, followed by California, Texas, New Mexico and Michigan.

Solar was the top sector, with more than 6,600 jobs in generation and manufacturing.