North Carolina led the country in the fourth quarter of 2012 – and ranked second for the entire year – in clean-energy and clean-transportation job announcements, according to Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Companies and communities announced 19 projects in North Carolina last year that are expected to create more than 10,800 jobs, reported the Triangle Business Journal.
The biggest announcement was a 7,000-job light rail project in Charlotte.
“There is a lot of interest in North Carolina right now for clean energy,” says E2 member John Robbins of Concord. “For all the right reasons, clean energy is growing in North Carolina – and it’s creating jobs and boosting our economy along the way.”
Nationwide, more than 300 clean energy and clean transportation projects that are expected to create 110,000 jobs were announced in 2012, according to the E2 report. Leading the way last year was California, where 38 projects are expected to create 26,354 jobs. Read More.