Renewable energy is a great creator of American jobs. According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), solar and wind jobs have grown about 20 percent annually in recent years, creating a clean energy industry that creates jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy.2  In fact, the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that the renewable energy sector can easily “grow the global economy and create up to 28 million jobs by 2050.”3

It’s no mystery why the U.S. Department of Defense is helping veterans continue their careers in renewable energy. They have the skill set, and the renewable energy sector is only going to continue to grow.

"solar and wind jobs have grown about 20 percent annually in recent years"

The Politics of Renewable Energy Jobs for Veterans

In June 2018, the Energy Jobs for Heroes Act was introduced by Tammy Duckworth, Junior Democratic Senator of Illinois.

This bill, if passed, will help veterans secure long-term, high-paying jobs in the energy sector, while strengthening the workforce for a cleaner future of energy.

This bill will require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to prepare veterans for careers in the energy industry, including solar, wind, and other low-carbon or zero-emissions sectors of the United States energy industry. Furthermore, it will secure systems in place for military personnel and veterans alike to get the training they need to enjoy lasting, meaningful careers in the renewable energy industry. Perhaps in the future, veterans will experience far lower poverty and food insecurity rates, thanks to the clean energy sector.

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The U.S. Wind Industry is Where the Jobs Are

According to the U.S. Army and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in the field of wind technician could climb as high as 108 percent over the next five years. It is, in fact, the fastest-growing occupation in the United States by a long shot.6 Job growth in this sector is not projected to slow down anytime soon. Employment of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 96 percent through 2026 – must faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, “Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines. Job prospects are expected to be excellent.”7

Why Military Veterans are Perfect for Renewable Energy Jobs

According to, many veterans are simply looking for a civilian job where they can work outside, be a part of a team, and perform physically active work. They’re interested in doing work that’s hands-on and physical, making the renewable energy field a perfect fit.8

Veterans gained essential skills and experience in the military that make them perfect for a career in renewable energy. They have manual dexterity. They’re physically fit. They’re well-versed in what it means to be a part of a team, have discipline, and to be a leader. They know how to work in hard conditions, and how to “show up” to a job and to be reliable.

Many veterans are happy to join the renewable energy sector, namely because they recognize that they’re doing something to help their country.

Alcen Thanks All Clean Energy Technicians!

Here at Alcen Renewable, we know that clean energy is a quickly-growing occupation. We are overjoyed to see that the clean energy sector can not only help the environment, but can help the world economy, and can secure veterans in well-paying, rewarding jobs. We know that our military veterans have always wanted to do what’s right for our country, and now they can continue to help their country by making it a cleaner, healthier place to live.