Green jobs are hot and getting hotter. The Obama administration recently committed $20 million to develop offshore wind energy and is now giving another $1.85 billion to build solar plants around the U.S.
Of that large sum, $1.45 billion will be given to the Arizona plant, Abengoa Solara, which will put the money toward powering some 70,000 homes. This work will create some 1,600 solar energy jobs. The other $400 million will be allocated to Abound Solar Manufacturing.
Coming on the wake of the BP oil spill disaster, this renewed commitment to alternative energy offers President Obama the opportunity to put the good news spotlight on the nation’s energy crisis — both for the environment and the economy:
The administration is accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy and doubling our use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power — steps that have the potential to create whole new industries and hundreds of thousands of new jobs in America.
If you want to get your start in the green job market, check out some of these past posts from the JobMonkey on this rapidly expanding career field:
- The Greening of the Job Market
- College Students Flocking to Green Degrees
- Stimulus Bill Green Jobs
- Overview of Green Collar Jobs
Are you looking for job in the growing green industry? Do you think this newest announcement from the Obama administration will impact your ability to find a job this year?