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Clean energy sector showing strong job growth

South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance // October 3, 2013



Employment in South Carolina’s clean energy sector increased by 3.6 percent in 2013 versus the year before—more than doubling the overall rate of employment growth in the state during the same period. There were approximately 17,913 full-time equivalent employees working in South Carolina’s clean energy industry in 2013.


These figures come from the 2013 South Carolina Clean Energy Jobs Census, a report released today by the SC Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA). The report can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1bqRjam


The clean energy industry’s 3.6 percent growth rate compares with an overall South Carolina employment growth rate of 1.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The South Carolina clean energy sector in 2013 generated more than $813 million in annual gross revenue, representing an increase of 11.9 percent over 2011, according to the census. The majority (73.8%) of these clean energy firms were small revenue firms, defined as those reporting annual gross revenue of less than $1 million. There were 161 firms in the state that self-identified having at least one employee who dedicated time to clean energy in 2013.


“South Carolina is fortunate to have such a significant presence in the clean energy industry, said Jim Poch, chair of the SCCEBA Board of Directors. “The increase in clean energy jobs in South Carolina taking place today, along with the rising demand for cleaner sources of energy as we move toward a less carbon-dependent future, calls for our state to create the best environment possible to support this industry’s continued success.”


Most clean energy firms appear to feel confident about future demand for their products and services. About 80 percent of companies surveyed in the census said they planned to add staff in the coming year or retain the same number of staff—with about half indicating that they would add staff.


The census found that the number of firms actively engaged in solar energy and energy efficiency/building sciences have increased more than any other category in post-recession South Carolina (2009–13), and those firms have more of their products and services destined for use in local markets when compared to other categories. Examples of other clean energy categories include wind, biomass, hydroelectric, energy storage, and alternative fuels.


Nearly three-quarters of all clean energy firms in the state reported that a majority of their products and services were destined for local markets. Firms that served international markets specifically cited New Zealand, Australia, and the European Union as destinations for their products or services.


“SCCEBA is working very hard to help propel South Carolina’s economy forward by improving the business climate for clean energy companies, providing a network for constructive dialogue about energy policy, and ensuring that we have a strong, skilled clean energy workforce of tomorrow,” said Poch.

About the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance
The South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (www.SCCEBA.biz) is a broad-based business alliance that fosters the development of the clean energy industry in South Carolina. We are a driver for the expansion and growth of clean energy job1s in the state, we provide education outreach and policy development, and we serve as an investment catalyst for the clean energy sector.