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Report: Renewables Could Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs

Nov 14, 2006 - Wind Energy Weekly

The manufacturing of renewables components such as wind turbines and solar panels could create 42,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania and 23,000 new jobs in Ohio if the right federal and state incentives are put in place, according to two studies released by the Apollo Alliance. In addition, the studies found, thousands of firms in each state could benefit from the expanded manufacturing activity.

"The potential of an expanded renewable energy program will not only provide significant benefits to both Ohio and Pennsylvania, but to the nation," said Jerome Ringo, president of the Apollo Alliance. "By investing in alternative energy programs, we can end our dependence on foreign oil while also creating thousands of good, clean energy jobs here at home and re-invigorate the manufacturing sector."

The reports validate claims that renewable energy has the potential to create significant job gains, including in major industrial states hit hard in recent years by loss of manufacturing jobs. The reports also lay out maps that illustrate the industrial sites in each state where good manufacturing jobs could be created.