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New Cleantech Jobs Report

BP Solar shut its Frederick, MD plant last year, eliminating 320 jobs. Worldwide, solar leads in cleantech job creation.

Research and advisory firm CleanEdge has released the 2010 edition of its report Cleantech Job Trends. The company tallies up 3 million jobs in the green sector, including more than 500,000 in wind power (direct and indirect employment) and over 300,000 in solar photovoltaics worldwide.

Overall, the report ranks the leading industries for cleantech employment starting with solar power, followed by biofuels and biomaterials; smart grid and energy efficiency; wind power; and advanced transportation/vehicles.

In the U.S., the biggest metropolitan areas for green jobs are San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Denver, and Washington, DC. But worldwide, the bad news for the U.S. is that of the 10 largest “pure play” cleantech employers in the world, six are in China (one in Hong Kong), two are in the U.S., and there is one each in Denmark and Spain. Denmark is home to Vestas Wind Energy, the largest cleantech employer with 20,730 employees.

The authors also include their assessment of the impact government spending in China and the US has had on creating cleantech jobs, as well as some policy recommendations for domestic job creation (including feed-in tariffs and a carbon tax). Check it out.

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