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New Report: Clean energy industry in Missouri set to grow at least 7%

A new report on Missouri's clean energy industry, which employs nearly 40,000 Missourians at more than 4,400 establishments, shows the industry is poised to grow an impressive 7% in 2015 and could grow even more with the right public policy.

The report also found:

  • More than 32,500 Missourians work in energy efficiency related businesses, ranging from lighting companies to heating and air conditioning firms to utilities with expanded energy efficiency and renewable programs.
  • Solar is the top renewable sector, with 3,700 Missourians supporting the solar industry. All told, renewables make up 15 percent of Missouri’s clean energy workforce.
  • Small businesses make up the majority – nearly 54 percent – of Missouri companies operating in the clean energy sphere. 

“Clean energy puts everyone from veterans to former coal miners to work,” said Mike Hornitschek, director of strategic development at St. Louis-based StraightUp solar and a 23-year Air Force veteran. “If Missouri's lawmakers enact strong clean energy policies now, they'll be seizing an opportunity to create more good jobs generating more clean, homegrown electricity.”

VP of operations at One3 LED, a St. Louis-based energy efficiency company, Zach Tucker said of his employees: “When their work day is done, they've saved people and businesses all across our state money on their electric bills and helped to reduce carbon emissions. Making Missouri's schools, hospitals and offices more energy efficient isn't just good for our environment -- it allows us all to reinvest our energy savings right back into Missouri's economy and help create good, high-paying jobs for our neighbors.”

Coupled with the fact that 77% of Missouri voters support a plan to reduce the state's carbon pollution by increasing the use of clean or renewable energy, this report should motivate legislators to prioritize energy efficiency and renewable resources in the state's new energy plan. More jobs and reducing carbon emissions in the state, that's what we call a win-win.