On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, NC Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed June “Solar Energy Month” in North Carolina! With such great news, the time to talk about the incredible job growth that solar energy and other renewable energy industries have created in North Carolina could not be better. The governor’s proclamation comes at a time when renewable energy industries, especially solar, are contributing impressive job growth numbers in North Carolina.
"It's important that we recognize the impact the solar industry is making in our state," said Governor Pat McCrory in a press release. At an event at a solar farm in Wake County, the Governor said, “We think the energy business, alongside with agriculture, will help North Carolina get out of this recession.”
And that is exactly what’s happening. The clean energy industry supports more than 1,100 North Carolina companies, resulting in more than 15,200 full-time equivalent jobs. Environmental Entrepreneurs ranked North Carolina number two in green job creation in 2012, just behind California.
While other sectors of the economy declined during the recession, clean energy jobs grew. Investing in solar energy creates twice as many jobs as investing in coal and almost three times as many than natural gas.
One doesn't have to look further than the Research Triangle Park and our top-notch universities to realize that North Carolina is an innovative and forward-looking state. The high-tech workforce and supportive business climate makes North Carolina a great place for green energy people and companies looking for a home.
All month long folks will be celebrating Solar Energy Month in North Carolina! Businesses, non-profit groups, and North Carolinians from Cherokee to Corolla will be spreading the word that our state is ready to lead on clean energy solutions. will you join them?