(USA)

States in America committing to a future powered by 100% renewable energy are helping to create more buoyant job markets locally, a new report suggests.

Statistics from the Solar Foundation show Atlanta, which pledged in 2017 to make the transition to 100 clean power by 2035, had a 21% increase in solar jobs last year – one of the biggest rises in the country.

“Last year, Atlanta demonstrated its commitment to creating a clean energy economy by committing to 100% clean energy. Achieving an equitable transition to clean energy will be essential to ensuring local economic growth, clean air, and affordable energy are accessible to all Atlantans. These job figures demonstrate how far we’ve come in making clean energy a solution for everyone that calls Atlanta home. As our city moves towards being completely powered by 100% clean energy, solar job opportunities will only continue to grow,” said Ted Terry, director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Read our interview with Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, for more on the unstoppable renewable energy journey America is on.