16 Aug '12, 1pm

Clean Energy Revives Communities, Gets People to Work

Statistics are one way to gauge our clean energy progress, and lately they've been telling a pretty exciting story. Wind energy has now reached 50 gigawatts of generating capacity . And solar has grown to the point where it supports 100,000 jobs . But stats give you only part of the picture. Equally inspiring is the human side of the clean energy economy. "My aunt is an operations manager at a wind farm here," says Jen Hensley, the Sierra Club’s Illinois Chapter Program Director. "It's probably the best job she's ever had. She's been able to work six days a week for 18 months at a time. That type of longevity for a construction-related job is unheard of." Across the country, you can pick up the local newspaper and read stories about how clean energy is putting people to work -- whether it's in Oregon , Ohio , Texas , or Tennessee . For people like Jen's aunt, clean energy ...

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