It seems to be no doubt that Green energy is quite a hot sector these days, although people in the industry might be wise not to be pushing for a dot.com kind of mentality/burst. Such is the statement of the ASES (American Solar Energy Society) who states that "as many as 1 out of 4 workers in the U.S. will be working in the renewable energy or energy efficiency industries by 2030".
The report includes really positive forecasts for 2030. Let's highlight a few:
Green energy could generate up to $4.5 trillion in revenue in the US, although an adequate public policy will be required.
Up to 40 million jobs could be related to renewable energy, which include not only engineering, but indirect jobs such as accountancy, management, and construction.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency already generate $1 trillion revenue, contributing $150 billion in tax revenue.
Currently, the biggest part of this trillion comes from energy efficiency (insulation, recycling, newer appliances) but the renewable energy is rising more quickly.
Solar, wind and ethanol are considered the hottest areas of growth.
ASES created the report to work as a guide for political leaders to attract renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses and jobs. You can download the PDF here.