Clean Energy Jobs Mean Business

| March 15, 2017

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Clean energy jobs have been in the news lately, and for good reason. Solar jobs expanded by 25 percent and accounted for one out of every 50 new jobs created in America last year, according to the Solar Foundation’s annual census of solar employment. Based on projections from the U.S. Department of Labor, the fastest growing job in the U.S. over the next 10 years isn’t in healthcare or high tech, but in clean tech: wind turbine technician

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How to Develop the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain

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