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Clean Energy Rankings/Progress

How Mass. ranks nationally on clean energy issues

Rankings/Progress

Mass. Energy Rankings

In 2017, the Commonwealth was named the #1 state for energy efficiency for the seventh consecutive year.  Additionally Mass was ranked #2 in a clean tech leadership ranking (CleanEdge, 2017) for a fifth year and moved into 1st place nationally for 2016 (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certified projects). Mass also currently ranks sixth in new installed solar capacity (SEIA 2017).

As a result of all this activity, the clean energy sector continues to grow. The Mass. Clean Energy Center’s 2016 Clean Energy Industry Report tracks the growth of this sector. For the first time, the clean energy sector accounts for over 100,000 jobs (105,212); a 75% increase since 2010. These jobs represent 2.9% of all jobs in the Commonwealth. In 2015, the clean energy sector produced $11.8 billion in economic activity, accounting for 2.5% of the Mass. Gross State Product (GSP).

The MassCEC Report further notes a continued rise in the installation of renewable energy systems across the Commonwealth. Businesses and homeowners in Massachusetts installed more than 25,390 such systems over the past year, adding an additional 374 megawatts (MW) of electric capacity in the process, enough to power 56,040 homes.

 

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