A Renewable America (ARA) Jobs Tour connects decision makers to the economic benefits of wind and solar, as well as the top policy priorities.
After a successful event in Santa Fe, New Mexico in early 2020, the ARA Jobs Tour shifted from on-the-ground events to virtual offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association, regional partners, and local consultants, ACORE delivered 12 virtual townhall events and one in-person event as part of the 2020 ARA Jobs Tour.
Events in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, and New Mexico highlighted how expanding and upgrading transmission, as well as getting the market rules right on wind and solar projects paired with battery storage is critical to the accelerated growth of the two industries.
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ACORE also executed a federally targeted digital ad campaign in July 2020 to generate grassroots support for clean energy in the COVID relief packages. The ads were viewed over 1 million times and generated approximately 2,000 congressional office contacts.
Economic development officials, wind and solar supply chain companies, and local academics joined a virtual panel to highlight the growth of Iowa’s wind and solar energy manufacturing. The discussion centered around how the two renewable sectors have the potential to create jobs and grow the state’s economy during post-COVID-19 recovery efforts. Iowa has seen significant growth in renewable energy development in recent years, which has resulted in nearly 11,000 Iowans employed in part by the 21 wind and solar manufacturing facilities located in the state. However, panelists noted continued growth will rely on an expanded and modernized Midwest electricity grid, as new and upgraded transmission lines will be necessary to bring low-cost wind and solar projects online and create new economic opportunity. Joining the event were legislators, county and city officials, journalists, and the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.
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.