Positive Signs: Transition to a Greener Economy

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , |

On Friday, Renewable Energy World reported that a plan was in the works to convert a former Ford plant in Michigan into a renewable energy park. According to the article, if the project is approved:

“The Wixom facility will be refurbished and upgraded with new manufacturing lines for solar panels and advanced energy storage. The first part of the facility that is expected to be developed is a solar thin-film manufacturing plant”

This is exciting news for clean energy advocates and a promising indicator that new opportunities in the renewable energy sector will help the economy recover from the recession. The article also mentions that the new plan is expected to create 300 new jobs when it opens in 2011 and add up to 700 more based on demand. 

On a related note, the New York Times reports today on a new study released by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council finds that if countries shift resources from fossil fuels to alternative forms of energy, the electricity could gain a total of 2.7 million jobs by 2030. 

At least there is something for Van Jones to be happy about this week! 



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