Study shows an already strong green economy in NJ, poised for more growth

Solar installation on commercial rooftop in Secaucus NJ

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – When advocates talk about the benefits of moving the state away from fossil fuels, they tout the jobs that could be generated from a green economy, one powered by offshore wind, solar, cleaner vehicles, and most of all, energy efficiency.

Now, a new study by a nonpartisan business group found clean energy is already a growing part of the state’s economy and is well-positioned to expand beyond the more than 50,000 jobs already in the sector with its aggressive targets set by legislators and the Murphy administration.

With nearly 52,000 jobs in renewable-energy areas, such as wind and solar, clean-vehicle manufacturing, and energy efficiency, New Jersey’s green economy employs about as many workers as UPS (19,000), Walmart (17,405) and Verizon (15,000) combined, according to a study by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) …

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