(The small business clean energy industry is growing and producing jobs twice as fast as the rest the state’s businesses. A new survey (story below) shows that the state has about 18,000 workers in the clean energy field with most of these businesses (73.8%) reporting annual revenue below $1 million. Congratulation to the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance for its work in promoting clean energy in our state.–Frank)
October 3, 2013
By RODDIE BURRIS — firstname.lastname@example.org
A survey of 161 firms showed employment in the state’s clean energy sector in 2012 rose 3.6 percent, or more than twice as fast as jobs in the state’s overall economy, according to the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance.
The clean energy sector also generated more than $813 million in gross revenue in the state in 2012, an 11.9 percent increase over 2011, the report said.
While incentives underpin much of the impetus for business in the clean energy sector, demand also is moving the industry forward toward greater self-sufficiency, officials said Wednesday.
The Alliance, founded in 2011, is committed to building a diverse alliance of businesses across the state that is dedicated to creating a clean energy industry in the Palmetto State, it says. This is its second clean energy census.
The report tracked all clean energy industries in the state, including solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal, smart grid, energy efficiency, energy storage, and alternative fuels.
• Solar energy and improving energy efficiency/building sciences topped all categories for increase since 1980 and has more products in the local markets than any other category.
• Most clean energy firms in the state, 73.8 percent, reported gross annual revenue of less than $1 million. Of those with annual revenues greater than $1 million, 42.4 percent said at least half their revenue was generated by clean energy activities – a 6 percent increase over 2011.
“This survey is unique,” said Joey Von Nessen, USC research economist. “This gets information you’re not going to be able to find anywhere else.”
“These firms that are growing are largely producing for South Carolina – a South Carolina customer base and a South Carolina client base,” Von Nessen said. “So, they’re growing and they’re serving the local needs of South Carolina – very positive.”