GOVERNOR PATRICK TOUTS MASSACHUSETTS’ SOLAR SUCCESS AT NATIONAL INDUSTRY CONVENTION
Governor Patrick discusses the Commonwealth’s leading clean-tech sector and the importance of investing in solar as a renewable energy sources at the PV America Conference in the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. (Photo: Kenshin Okubo / Governor’s Office)
BOSTON – Monday, June 23, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today touted the growth of the Massachusetts solar marketplace, delivering featured remarks at PV America, a solar industry conference that drew thousands to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
“Massachusetts is leading the Nation in solar energy deployment, and strengthening our relationship with industry leaders will build on our success by creating jobs and economic opportunity in this industry that will last for generations to come,” said Governor Patrick.
In 2007, Governor Patrick set an ambitious goal of 250 megawatts of solar capacity installed by 2017. Massachusetts met its goal four years early, after which Governor Patrick set a new goal of 1,600 megawatts by 2020. There are now nearly 14,000 solar electric projects installed in Massachusetts, with enough production to power nearly 79,000 average Massachusetts homes with clean, renewable energy per year.
Massachusetts is nationally recognized for its leadership in the clean energy sector, ranking No. 2 in the nation for clean energy technology leadership, No. 1 for clean energy technology policy and No. 1 for clean energy technology investments according to the 2013 Clean Tech Leadership Index.
Massachusetts ranks first in the nation for investments in energy efficiency – a ranking the state has held for three years running – and those investments have led to over 46,000 jobs. Massachusetts is also poised to become the nation’s hub for the offshore wind industry with the investment of the first port in the nation, sited in New Bedford, equipped to handle the large cargos associated with an offshore wind development project.
The Massachusetts clean energy sector is booming with double-digit growth over the past two years, growing 11.8 percent last year alone. There are 5,500 clean energy firms in Massachusetts and 80,000 clean energy workers with nearly 10,000 workers spending at least 50 percent of their time on solar-related work.