Renewable Energy is a Leading Driver of American Job Growth

The renewable energy sector employs 549,911 Americans and has quickly become one of the nation’s leading drivers of job growth.

A Renewable America (ARA) Jobs Tour was launched in 2017 to ensure key decision makers and the public understand the significant economic benefits renewable energy provides communities from coast to coast. The ARA Jobs Tour helps connect wind and solar business leaders with policymakers across the U.S. to shine a light on the renewable sector’s positive impact on local economies, and the policies and market drivers that will allow America’s continued renewable energy growth.

Jobs Tour Highlights

The ARA Jobs Tour has traveled around the country spotlighting renewable job creation and other economic benefits of the growing U.S. solar and wind industries. Watch video highlights from the ARA Jobs Tour below. You can also read more about individual events, which have garnered more than 300 press clips, by clicking through the pages under “States Visited.”

  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ first tour of a solar project
  • Ohio Rep. David Joyce’s visit to a Cleveland-based solar supply chain company
  • North Carolina Rep. David Rouzer’s visit to a solar job training program at Cape Fear Community College
  • North Carolina Rep. David Price’s visit to a solar developer’s control center in Durham

Recent Efforts

After a successful A Renewable America event in Santa Fe, New Mexico in early 2020, the Jobs Tour shifted from on-the-ground events to virtual offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Townhalls

New York: The ARA Jobs Tour helped convene two well-attended virtual townhalls this summer with key New York stakeholders. The first covered the state’s transmission needs, and why investing in the grid is critical to achieving New York’s renewable goals and promoting clean energy jobs. While the event in August connected New York policymakers to the job creation and economic benefits of the growing wind and solar industries in the state.  Learn more about the events here.

New Mexico: On August 12, the ARA Jobs Tour delivered a virtual panel discussion to highlight New Mexico’s leadership on clean energy issues. Learn more about the event here.


Digital Ad Campaign

Working closely with the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the ARA Jobs Tour launched a federally-targeted digital ad campaign in July to generate grassroots support for clean energy jobs in the next COVID relief package.

  • 1 Million+ Views


    The digital ad campaign was viewed over 1 million times in key states.