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New Jersey’s Clean Energy Transition

New Jersey’s is on the verge of an economic boom in clean energy

With nearly 52,000 jobs statewide in fields such as renewables, clean vehicles manufacturing, and energy efficiency, New Jersey’s clean energy economy employs more than giants like UPS (19,000 workers), Wal-Mart (17,405), and Verizon (15,000) combined.

According to the 2019 Clean Jobs New Jersey (downloadable PDF), New Jersey ranks ninth in renewable energy jobs, ninth in solar jobs, sixth in geothermal jobs, sixth in bioenergy, and seventh in low-impact hydro jobs among all U.S. States. The state’s clean economy also enjoys one of the highest employment rates of veterans, accounting for 13.3 % of all clean energy workers. While 40,000 clean jobs are located in the New York metro area (which ranks second in the U.S.), all 21 counties in the state employ workers in clean energy with 15 counties home to more than 1,000.

New Jersey Job Sector Toplines

  • Energy Efficiency – 33,815 jobs
  • Renewable Energy – 11,900 jobs
  • Solar Energy – 8,818 jobs
  • Energy Storage – 965 jobs
  • Clean Vehicles – 3,670 jobs
  • Wind Energy – 640 jobs
  • Grid Modernization – 1,148 jobs
  • ALL Clean Energy Sectors – 51,852 jobs

Other Highlights

  • Every single New Jersey Congressional District supports over 1,400 clean energy jobs
  • Every single state senate district supports over 700 clean energy jobs
  • All 21 Counties employ workers in clean energy
  • Clean energy employs nearly 3X more workers in New Jersey than fossil fuels (18,602)
  • 54.7 percent of clean jobs are in the construction and manufacturing sectors
  • 15 out of New Jersey’s 21 counties support more than 5 clean energy workers per 1,000 employable residents

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