Massachusetts' clean energy economy grew by 11.2% from July 2011 to July 2012, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The sector now employs 71,523 people at 4,995 clean energy firms across Massachusetts.
According to the report, 71,523 people are directly involved in work related to the state's clean energy sector. This growth outpaced the overall economy nearly ten times over and is expected to continue, as employers surveyed expect to hire more workers in 2013.
Clean energy continues to maintain its place as one of the commonwealth's marquee industries, with 1.7% of the total Massachusetts workforce, MassCEC notes.
The survey found a large number of firms in varied industries – ranging from construction and manufacturing to research and development – reporting activity and employment in the clean energy sector. Additionally, the report identified a large number of companies that do not necessarily identify themselves as clean energy companies first, but directly engage in activities related to the clean energy cluster – showing that clean energy penetrates numerous sectors of the Massachusetts economy, according to the report.