R.I. receives high marks for green-energy jobs, ‘solar-energy friendliness’

PROVIDENCE – Renewable-energy jobs, led by solar energy, has increased 66 percent in two years in Rhode Island, according to a recent report from the R.I. Office of Energy Resources, ecoRI News reported June 25.

The Ocean State ranks No. 2 in the country for green-energy jobs as a percentage of the workforce. Rhode Island increased its solar jobs by 16 percent in 2016 to 1,700. Solar firms with six to 24 employees experienced 18 percent growth, according to the report.

A separate report, by solar-advocacy website Solar Power Rocks that ranked Rhode Island No. 3 for “solar-energy friendliness,” estimates a new solar array will pay for itself in approximately four years, ecoRI News reported. The four-year payback in investments matches Massachusetts, the top state in the ranking, and is nearly half of Connecticut’s seven-year payback. In most states, the payback is 10 years or longer.

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