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Nov 30, 2010

Solar manufacturing plant to open in KY

by Lisa Abbott — last modified Nov 30, 2010 04:31 PM

According to a recent article in the Danville Advocate Messenger, a home-grown business has just announced plans to begin manufacturing solar panels in Danville, Kentucky in mid-December.

The company, Alternative Energies Kentucky LLC already has nine employees, and intends to expand to about 25 as production gets underway. The company has already secured $1.125 million in state tax incentives.

Company owner Troy Lay of Harrodsburg stated in the article,

“Cleaner energy is just smart, and we are probably five years behind what a lot of the rest of the world is doing with technology like this.”

Employees of Alternative Energy Kentucky, LLC.

 

(Photo by David Brock. Pictured are employees of Alternative Energies Kentucky, LLC.)

Nov 22, 2010

Building Clean Energy Careers in Kentucky

by Kristin Tracz — last modified Nov 22, 2010 09:13 AM

A new report by MACED, Building Clean Energy Careers in Kentucky, notes that Kentucky has real potential for job creation in the clean energy economy, but needs changes in energy policy to make those jobs grow and improvements in workforce development to allow more Kentuckians to get the skills needed for those jobs.

A new report by MACED, Building Clean Energy Careers in Kentucky, notes that Kentucky has real potential for job creation in the clean energy economy, but needs changes in energy policy to make those jobs grow and improvements in workforce development to allow more Kentuckians to get the skills needed for those jobs.

 “The emerging clean energy economy has real potential for Kentucky in terms of economic development and job creation opportunities,” said Justin Maxson, President of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED). “But we need stronger state energy policy to grow the demand for workers along with a workforce development infrastructure that meets the sector’s skill needs in ways that low-income Kentuckians can access.”

The report surveys recent studies about the job opportunities in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Kentucky and focuses on the role of workforce development as part of an overall approach to a clean energy economy. The report highlights the importance of a coordinated workforce development strategy built on solid information that maps emerging career pathways in the sector, and underscores the importance of policies that build bridges to new training opportunities for low-income, low-skilled Kentuckians.

Noting the necessary role of stronger state energy policy in spurring job growth and sustaining job opportunities, the report emphasizes that job training is effective only if aligned with a deliberate job creation effort. The report makes recommendations for energy policy change that would support a strong market for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Kentucky, including establishing a portfolio standard for renewable energy generation and energy efficiency savings while expanding financing to spur investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy among energy developers, businesses, institutions and homeowners throughout the Commonwealth.

MACED authored Building Clean Energy Careers in Kentucky as part of the Working Poor Families Project, a national initiative supported by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, Joyce, and C.S. Mott Foundations to examine the conditions of America’s working families. 

Nov 17, 2010

Clean Energy Jobs Are Real and Growing!

by Lisa Abbott — last modified Nov 17, 2010 08:39 PM

 

For a number of years, clean energy jobs in the US have been growing steadily, even in a time of high unemployment and a severe recession. But this good news has often been hard to spot, given the relatively small size of the renewable energy sector and the dreadful shape of the overall  economy.

But now the evidence is pouring in that clean energy jobs are surging. An article posted today on RenewableEnergyWorld.com describes the remarkable job growth in most renewable energy fields in 2010, and projects continued strong growth in the year ahead, in part due to investments contained in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

For example, the article states:

"The solar power industry doubled the number of people that worked in the industry from 2009 to 2010, from approximately 50,000 in 2009 to 100,000 in 2010...In 2011, it is expected to grow the number of (US) jobs in the industry by 26%."

In contrast, in 2006, there were 82,595 people employed in coal mining in the US.

The article cites data from the Solar Foundation showing that solar installations in the US more than doubled in 2010 compared to the year before. "Firms are adding employees in all 50 states and the fastest growing jobs are installers and electricians."

The article also offers a good reminder that public policies matter! For example, it points out that passage of a strong national renewable portfolio standard in Congress could create 420,000 new jobs in the hydropower field alone by 2025.

 

 

 

 

Nov 05, 2010

Upcoming Forum on Renewable Energy In Kentucky

by Lisa Abbott — last modified Nov 05, 2010 10:40 AM
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KySEA members and other interested individuals are encouraged to register for a one day conference about the opportunities
for job creation in Kentucky through renewable energy.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, November 17 at the Berea College Alumni Building in Berea,Kentucky from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

The event is sponsored by the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, the Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky Wind Working Group, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, and Energizing Kentucky (a collaboration among four Kentucky colleges and universities).

 

According to conference publicity, the program will explore:

* Economic Drivers for Renewable Energy

* Opportunities to develop Kentucky's workforce to meet the industry's current and future employment needs

* Funding and investment opportunities that a clean energy economy might provide

* Challenges for businesses, utilities and consumers

 

There is a registration fee of $15 that will cover a light breakfast and lunch.

Any questions about this event may be directed to 502-852-0965.

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In the history of coal in America, Harlan County, Kentucky is legendary for its coal heritage, especially for the efforts of its people to organize for better living and working conditions. Labor unrest in the 1930s led to the county being referred to as “Bloody Harlan.” That same passion for progress and tradition of organizing continues today as Harlan County residents work to diversify their energy economy.

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