Boston – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) announced the state’s clean energy sector has continued its trend of upward growth, adding 1,069 workers to the clean energy workforce between 2018 and 2019.
The figures, released as part of MassCEC’s 2019 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, found that the industry now employs over 111,836 workers in the Commonwealth, an increase of 86% since 2010.
The clean energy industry saw robust growth in its contribution to Massachusetts’ Gross State Product (GSP), increasing 5% over the last year to contribute nearly $14 billion to the statewide economy, accounting for roughly 2.5% of the GSP.
The report found that the clean energy industry employs residents in every region of Massachusetts and makes up about 3.1% of the Massachusetts workforce. The Southeast region saw the most job growth, with a 1.5% increase from 2018 to 2019, followed by the Northeast region, which recorded a 1.1% increase. The Northeast region, which includes Boston, makes up about 48% of total clean energy employment, with over 53,000 workers. Western Massachusetts saw a 3.2% increase in clean energy businesses and 0.6% increase in jobs, followed by Central Massachusetts which saw 3% growth in total clean energy businesses, and a 0.1% increase in jobs.
Other findings show that energy efficiency, demand and management, and clean heating and cooling jobs make up the largest portion of clean energy employment, representing 81,293 jobs, followed closely by renewable energy with 27,510 jobs. The fastest growing sector of the clean energy workforce was alternative transportation, with 15% growth.
This report reflects the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to grow the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy and meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.