Veterans Are Powering Our Clean Energy Future

As National Veterans and Military Families Month comes to an end, we take one more opportunity to salute the men and women who serve our country. 

Veterans play an important role in the clean energy industry. An estimated 33,959 United States veterans work in wind, solar, storage and transmission in America. The clean energy industry employs veterans at a rate that is 34 percent higher than the average U.S. industry. Veterans are powering our clean energy future.

The last few weeks have been an extraordinary time for the clean energy industry and its workers. On November 15th, President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, marking a historic investment in our country’s infrastructure including the electric grid, broadband networks, public transit, and more. By investing a historic $65 billion in grid modernization and enhancement, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act helps to ensure all families and businesses have access to reliable, zero-carbon electricity.

According to American Clean Power’s 2021 Clean Energy Labor Supply Report, with supportive policies and regulations in place, the clean energy industry could provide over 1 million jobs by 2030. All 50 states will benefit from this growth of good-paying jobs. American workers, including veterans, will directly benefit from increased investment and deployment of solar, wind, and energy storage across the United States.

The skills our men and women in uniform learn while serving in the military are directly transferable to careers in renewable energy: teamwork, technical knowledge, dedication, accountability, leadership, and commitment to service. As the clean energy industry continues to grow, the opportunities for veterans will be abundant.

We honor and celebrate our nation’s veterans who have selflessly served our country. Veterans looking for jobs in clean power can browse ACP’s Careers in Clean Energy jobs board to learn more about the types of jobs that are available right now. 

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