Wisconsin continues to add renewable energy jobs, even as the industry saw a national slowdown in 2018.
That’s according to the latest Clean Jobs Midwest report from national advocacy groups Environmental Entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Trust.
The report found Wisconsin added 1,786 jobs in the clean energy industry in 2018, a 2.4 percent increase over the previous year.
Much of that growth was in the energy efficiency sector, which covers jobs like manufacturing energy efficient appliances and installing efficient lighting or heating systems. Wisconsin employers created 842 jobs in this area last year, 1.4 percent more than in 2017.
Renewable energy generation was the second largest category in the state. Wisconsin companies added 303 jobs in this sector last year, a 5.4 percent increase from the previous year.
But the number of renewable energy jobs across the country declined in 2018, due in part to increased tariffs placed on imported solar panels.
Micaela Preskill, Midwest advocate for Environmental Entrepreneurs, said state and federal policies like the tariffs can greatly impact clean energy jobs.
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