8,000 solar jobs posted in Q1 2013

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New data from the Clean Jobs Index shows that in the first three months of 2013, almost 750,000 “clean jobs” were posted across the U.S.

The Index, compiled by the Ecotech Institute, found that over 8,000 of these jobs were in the solar industry. The job postings included positions for solar sales representatives, installers and project managers.

“The Clean Jobs Index shows that there is tremendous job growth in the cleantech sector and signs of positive momentum on the state level for environmental factors that can affect us all,” said Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations.

The Clean Jobs Index also provides data on other aspects of cleantech across all 50 states, including alternative fueling stations, LEED projects, total energy consumption, energy efficiency, green pricing, net metering and state incentives.

Credit: Solar Jobs Index

Credit: Clean Jobs Index

“When we see increases in LEED certification, we know businesses are making sustainable decisions; when we see an increase in alternative fueling stations, we know people are driving demand for greener forms of transportation,” Crider continued. “These are powerful indicators.”

According to the Index, 749,197 clean jobs were posted in the first quarter of 2013, and Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont and West Virginia showed the fastest quarter-on-quarter growth for clean job postings.

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