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Mass. ‘clean energy’ sector keeps growing, report says

Joseph Daugirda, site supervisor for the new Borrego Solar farm in Plympton, walks past solar panels.

Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe

Joseph Daugirda, site supervisor for the new Borrego Solar farm in Plympton, walks past solar panels.

Clean energy jobs increased at double-digit rates for the third consecutive year and are on track to surpass 100,000 by next year, according to a state report released Monday.

The state defines the sector broadly, encompassing everything from advanced technology to home insulation. The report, by the Wrentham office of California-based firm BW Research Partnership, estimates that clean energy firms employed about 88,000 people in the fiscal year ended June 30, up 10.5 percent from the nearly 80,000 who worked in the industry in the previous fiscal year.

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The bulk of the jobs — about 65,000 — are labeled “energy efficiency” positions, which includes workers who upgrade windows and insulation on homes. Jobs at renewable energy companies, such as firms that install solar panels, grew modestly, from 20,000 to 21,000 jobs over the past year.

“We have long believed that a strong commitment to investing in clean energy would not only provide significant environmental benefits but would also serve as an economic catalyst in the Commonwealth,” Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement.

Dan Adams

Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com. Find him on Twitter at @DanielAdams86.
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