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2.5 million Americans work in clean energy

Staff writer ▼ | March 31, 2016
More than 2.5 million Americans work in the clean energy industry across all 50 states, according to an analysis by the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
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Jobs distribution   According to Environmental Entrepreneurs:
The report "Clean Jobs America" is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information and new data from the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as a comprehensive survey of tens of thousands of businesses across the country.

According to the findings, energy efficiency is by far the nation's largest clean energy sector employer, with nearly 1.9 million Americans working in areas such as high-efficiency lighting, Energy Star appliance manufacturing and high-efficiency HVAC services to reduce wasted energy in homes, schools and businesses.

Nearly 414,000 people work in renewable energy, the study found. The top renewable sectors were solar with 299,000 workers including nearly 209,000 who work on solar full-time or close to full time, as The Solar Foundation noted in its 2015 job census and wind with 77,000 workers.