Although slight, the Clean Energy sector continued to shed lower paying jobs in the fourth quarter. As in previous quarters, construction occupations contributed the most to this dynamic. At the end of the year there were 22,200 people employed in the sector with an average annual earnings of $64,400.
With wide open spaces and ample resources in solar, wind and geothermal, Nevada is a natural region for development of important renewable and sustainable energy resources. There is a strong commitment with the Statewide Renewable Portfolio Standard to reach 25% renewables by 2025. Projects are under way on all energy fronts:
150-megawatt Spring Valley wind farm, the state’s first utility scale wind facility in operation, recently opened near the town of Ely in eastern Nevada.
Currently delivers more than 160 megawatts of geothermal power either to NV Energy, the state’s largest utility or exports it to California.
Developing a 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes solar project near Tonopah in west central Nevada.
A California biofuels company, has announced plans to expand into Nevada and build a refinery to convert landfill waste to power near Reno.
A leader in the production of safe, clean, cost effective and reliable alternatives to current battery technologies.
Improving the reliability and performance of critical production assets. Located in Minden, Nevada, the GE-Bently name has been synonymous with machinery protection and condition monitoring for more than 50 years.
One of the nation’s leading manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, and currently developing a 300 megawatt (MW) PV solar farm two miles southwest of the California-Nevada border.
One of the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar plants in America is located in Boulder City, Nevada. Owned and operated by Sempra US Gas & Power, Copper Mountain Solar 1 consists of nearly one million solar panels spread over 450 acres.
Developing their LPT solar thermal system at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. The project, which counts NRG Solar, Google, and BrightSource as equity investors, is currently the largest solar plant under construction in the world.