ALBANY — Employment in the clean energy sector climbed to nearly 159,000 jobs in 2018, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority reported Tuesday.
That equaled 8.9 percent growth from 2016, compared with 3.4 percent in the overall economy statewide, NYSERDA added, citing the 2019 Clean Energy Industry Report. In 2018 alone, the state gained more than 7,000 clean-sector jobs.
Other findings in the report:
- Energy efficiency is the largest single category, with 123,292 jobs, or 77 percent of all clean energy employment in New York.
- Grid modernization and energy storage technology firms grew five times faster in New York than nationwide.
- Clean energy is strong in all geographic regions of the state.
- Over 80 percent of employers report difficulty hiring enough clean-energy workers to keep pace with demands; in response, the state has funded a workforce development initiative.