Nevada takes the prize home on most jobs introduced fueled by Tesla’s September 2014 announcement of a new “Gigafactory”, a $5 billion, 50-plus acre lithium ion battery manufacturing facility that will support its electric car production. The Gigafactory aims to employee 6,000 workers. Also, Solar City “quadrupled” its projected hires in the state, the report said. Other states in the top 10 were: Calif., N.Y., Mich., Ariz., Texas, Colo., N.C., Utah and N.M.
Oil and gas industry job projections are often inflated and based on poor methodology, with many jobs — including the highest paying — filled by highly specialized out-of-state workers, and those created locally subject to the industry’s inherent boom-and-bust cycle. The renewable energy industry alone has grown at twice the rate of the overall economy, and green jobs now employ more people than the entire fossil fuel industry.