Massachusetts adds 1,500 workers to renewable energy sector


 (AP) — Massachusetts has added 1,500 workers to the state’s renewable energy workforce in the past year.

That’s according to a new report from The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center — a state economic development agency. The report found the extra workers added in 2018 bring to 110,700 the number of employees in the renewable energy sector.

That’s an 84 percent jump since 2010.

The report found the renewable energy industry employs residents in every region of Massachusetts and makes up 3.1 percent of the state workforce.

Installation-related jobs are the largest source of clean energy employment, followed closely by sales and distribution. The fastest growing jobs were in engineering and research.

The industry contributes more than $13 billion to the Massachusetts economy — or about 2.5 percent of the gross state product.

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