According to the 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, clean energy jobs in the commonwealth grew by 11.8% between June 2012 and June of this year. Over the past two years, clean energy jobs have grown by 24.4%, with 5,557 clean energy companies now employing 79,994 workers.
This year the report directly counts for the first time jobs within the solar sector, with more than 8,400 workers spending at least 50% of their time supporting solar energy businesses.
In May, Massachusetts reached four years early Gov. Deval Patrick's 2017 goal of 250 MW of solar installed. The Patrick Administration has established a new goal of 1.6 GW of solar capacity by 2020.
"Building a clean energy future is central to our growth strategy, and another year of double-digit job growth is proof that our strategy is working," says Gov. Patrick in a statement.
The report, prepared by BW Research Partnership for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, can be downloaded here.