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.
Veterans Finding New Job Opportunities In Iowa’s Growing Wind, Solar Industries
November 13, 2020
Renewable Energy: Building American Industry and Iowa’s Future
October 28, 2020
Unlocking Job Creation, Economic Development, and Renewable Energy Investment in Nebraska Through Expanded Transmission
October 21, 2020
Expanding Colorado’s Transmission Infrastructure Key to Unlocking Future Wind and Solar Job Creation and Other Economic Benefits
October 20, 2020
Wind and Solar Powering Job Growth, Economic Development in Rural New Mexico
October 14, 2020
Solar + Storage: Key to Growing the NY Economy, Meeting Climate Goals
October 7, 2020
ACE NY’s Third Annual Renewable Energy & Jobs Tour
August 25, 2020
Virtual New Mexico Event
August 12, 2020
Clean Energy Requires a New Grid: Building Renewables in New York
June 25, 2020
Santa Fe, New Mexico Event
January 23, 2020
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.”
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.
Colorado: On October 20, elected officials, state policymakers, Colorado state agency staff, nonprofit leaders, and industry representatives led a virtual panel discussion on how wind and solar energy are driving job creation and economic growth in the state. Panelists highlighted how transmission expansion and upgrades are needed for additional growth, as well as to meet the state’s bold renewable energy goals. Learn more about the event and watch a recording of the panel discussion here.
Iowa: The ARA Jobs Tour convened two virtual panels this year with Iowa stakeholders. The first in October brought together economic development officials, wind and solar supply chain companies, and local academics to highlight the growth of wind and solar energy manufacturing in the Hawkeye State and how the two sectors have the potential to grow the state’s economy during post-COVID-19 recovery efforts. A second event in celebration of Veterans Day discussed how Iowa-made renewable energy is providing stable, well-paid career opportunities for veterans. Learn more about the events here.
Nebraska: Elected officials, utility leaders, and renewable energy developers joined an educational forum on October 21 to discuss the growth of clean energy in Nebraska and the need for modernized transmission infrastructure. Learn more about the event and watch a recording of the panel discussion here.
New Mexico: On October 14, a virtual panel with representatives from statewide economic development organizations discussed how local communities have harnessed the power of wind and solar to create jobs, support farmers and ranchers, and stimulate the economy. Learn more about the event here.
New York: The ARA Jobs Tour helped convene three well-attended virtual townhalls this summer with key New York stakeholders. The first covered how investing, expanding, and upgrading the New York grid will deliver new in-state jobs and economic growth, while enabling the state to meet its ambitious renewable energy law. A second event in August connected New York policymakers to the job creation and economic benefits of the growing wind and solar industries in the state, with virtual tours of wind, solar, and hydropower facilities and a Q&A session with project developers. A third townhall in October helped key New York decisionmakers understand how an upcoming final NYISO rulemaking on hybrid projects can either drive new job creation and economic growth in the state or leave New York lagging behind other states in the country. Learn more about the events here.
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. The ads were viewed over 1 million times, generating nearly 2,000 Congressional office contacts.
The digital ad campaign was viewed over 1 million times in key states.