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Report provides valuable details of Georgia clean energy firms, jobs and revenue

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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 11:49 am
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Press Release:

Atlanta, GA – March 4, 2014 – Southface has released its 2013 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census report that quantifies the clean energy industry’s impact on the state’s economy. The report provides analysis on full-time employment, revenues, location, export activity, business hurdles, skill gaps and growth potential. As a result, it can help measure the impact of Georgia’s clean energy policies and identify where policy is not achieving the results that policymakers, economic developers and industry members envisioned.

The results show a robust and diversified clean energy industry that has approximately 611 firms. The clean energy industry includes the solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal, smart grid, energy efficiency, energy storage and alternative vehicle fuel sectors. Of these 611 firms, 381 participated in the Georgia Census. A direct count of employment figures provided by participating firms shows over 9,700 full-time jobs in 2013. A direct count of revenue data provided by participating firms shows that Georgia’s clean energy industry generated at least $2.6 billion of gross revenue in 2012.

“The Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census shows that clean energy firms are a valuable contributor to the state’s economy,” said Dennis Creech, Southface executive director. “This industry contributes to the state’s manufacturing, forestry, and construction sectors, among others. It also provides jobs that are difficult to outsource.”

The clean energy industry offers Georgia the opportunity to keep a larger portion of money spent on energy within the state, providing local jobs and improving local economies. About $32 billion leaves Georgia annually to import petroleum, natural gas and coal. Clean energy jobs typically involve local activity – such as making buildings energy efficient and installing renewable energy systems.

The full report is available at Interactive charts and tables demonstrating Georgia Census results are available at The 2013 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census is funded by a grant from the Energy Foundation and is part of the Southeast Clean Energy Industry Census.

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Southface is the Southeast's nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. Learn more at

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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 11:55 am

The future is here, we might have 10,000 temporary jobs in that pipeline (Keystone XL) and we will have numerous spills, leaks into the major aquifer, toxic soil and major health problems. In just one state, Georgia has shown that by beginning the conversion to sustainable energy they have already acquired nearly 10,000 jobs, most will be permanent, as just the installation and rebuilding a modern grid will take many years. This is one of those times when you either realize you are on the right side of history, or you will be left behind.

Congratulations to Georgia - great work!

Dandelion G. (388)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 1:22 pm
Well finally something we can congratulate Georgia on. Imagine that.

JL A. (287)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 2:58 pm
Thanks Kit--CA climbed out of the recession with surge in green energy jobs to a budget surplus; GA shows a similar economic benefit. Seems any state that wants a healthier economy can do likewise.

Birgitta S. (200)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 3:05 pm

Christine Stewart (133)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 3:08 pm

Terry King (113)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 3:49 pm
Now those are job creators.

Michael Kirkby (91)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 4:41 pm
Noted & posted

Craig Pittman (52)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 5:08 am
Congratulations Georgia. This is good for everyone (perhaps not so much for the fossil fuel industry) and it demonstrates that creating clean energy is also financially profitable. Really excellent news. Thanks Kit.


Gloria picchetti (305)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 8:14 am
So who needs fracking and mountain top mining?

Robert B. (60)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 11:57 am
Clean, renewable energy is the only way to go. It's a no-brainer!

Birgit W. (155)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 1:10 pm
Thanks Kit.

Sherri SicktilNovtwenthfour (128)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 7:47 pm
The clean energy industry offers Georgia the opportunity to keep a larger portion of money spent on energy within the state, providing local jobs and improving local economies. Clean energy is essential to this planet's survival. Thank You Kit. Noted.

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday March 21, 2014, 4:54 pm
One can only imagine how depressing this is for the lunatic fringe.
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