Clean Power Delivers Jobs and Economic Development for Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s growing operational capacity of wind, solar and energy storage plants provide just over 3 percent of the state’s electricity. The clean power industry provides 5,600 Wisconsinites with good-paying jobs. More clean power capacity is on the horizon, and more opportunities will come with it. The ACPA third quarter market report indicates that in addition to Wisconsin’s 554 MW of clean power capacity under construction, there are another 748 MW in advanced stages of development.
“The clean energy industry is not only providing affordable, reliable power where we live and work, it is also powering good-paying American jobs across all 50 states and driving investment into local communities,” said Clean Grid Alliance Executive Director Beth Soholt. “Wind, solar and storage projects have invested $2 billion into the economy in Wisconsin, and another $8.5 million in land-lease payments. Within the decade, clean energy will be the primary way we power our lives. Supporting clean energy means supporting the prosperity of Wisconsin’s communities and economy.”
Clean power continues to grow across the United States. In total, there are now 186,674 MW of clean power capacity operating in the U.S, which is enough to power over 52 million homes across the country. The renewable energy industry employs 415,000 people nationwide and has invested $360 billion into the U.S. economy since 2005.