Powering New Mexico
Powering New Mexico
New Mexico Leaders Discuss Job Creation and Economic Benefits of a Renewable Energy Era
As New Mexico’s wind and solar sectors take off,
workforce growth is expected both inside and outside of the industry.
Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico state leaders and renewable energy experts discussed the connection between diversifying the state’s energy portfolio and the benefits it has on the state’s economic success during the virtual panel, “Powering New Mexico’s Clean Energy Workforce” hosted by Powering New Mexico.
Twenty-five percent of New Mexico’s in-state electricity production comes from clean energy, and New Mexico is in a prime position to capitalize on further development. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that wind and solar technicians are two of the fastest growing jobs in the country given the rapid expansion of the clean energy sector, and New Mexico is set to benefit with an abundance of wind and solar along with successful workforce development programs.
“Clean energy is creating new opportunities for New Mexico. Already more than 11,000 New Mexicans work in clean energy – across solar, wind, energy efficiency and other fields,” says Susan Nedell, E2’s Mountain West Advocate. “And we’re only getting started. With the right policies in Washington and Santa Fe, we can create thousands more well-paying clean energy jobs, which would be good for both our economy and our environment.”
By fulfilling the goals laid out in the Energy Transition Act and creating an inviting economic environment for development, New Mexico will experience more good-paying, green-collar jobs and economic activity in their communities.
“Wind Technician training programs, like ours at Mesalands, equip our students with highly in-demand skills,” said Andy Swapp, Wind Tech Program Director at Mesalands. “For folks going to work as a wind or solar tech in New Mexico, whether they are just starting their career or have switched over from another, there is such incredible opportunity.”
It’s not just post-secondary educational institutions that offer wind tech training programs. High schools around New Mexico, including Mescalero Apache High School, have begun including renewable energy education and training into their curriculums. Take it first-hand from Madisyn Yuzos, who is training to become a wind tech at Mescalero Apache High School. With so much uncertainty in the job market from the pandemic, Yuzos now has peace of mind knowing that she’s entering a career field that is reliable and fast growing, and one that provides a path toward a well-paying job.
As individuals seek ways to jumpstart their career or recover from the fallout of the pandemic, clean energy is proving to be the bedrock of the economy.
“It’s a really exciting time to be in the solar industry,” exclaimed Ryan Centerwall, CEO of Affordable Solar. “Each year, solar becomes cheaper, allowing us to grow our team while continuing to provide our customers with access to affordable clean energy.”
Renewable energy has drawn $5 billion in capital investment into New Mexico to date, supporting opportunities for workforce expansion and economic growth. The state’s solar capacity is projected to double in the next five years, building on the $2.3 billion the solar industry has already invested in the Land of Enchantment.
“The ever-growing renewable industry in New Mexico offers us a competitive edge in attracting manufacturers,” said Amy Miller with the North American Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative (NAIMI). “That has an impact up and down the supply chain. Manufacturers, distributors, contractors, construction companies, and more all benefit. This ultimately helps New Mexico diversify its economy and provides new opportunities for all New Mexicans.”
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To set up an interview with a panelist or speak with a representative from Powering New Mexico, please contact Jesse Dougherty at email@example.com or (608) 807-8619.
About Powering New Mexico
Powering New Mexico, an initiative of the American Clean Power Association, is an alliance of New Mexicans who believe we must harness our state’s renewable energy resources, support growth in wind capacity, and advocate for transmission upgrades to deliver that power to market. Learn more at PoweringNM.com.
About the American Clean Power Association
The American Clean Power Association (ACP) is the voice of companies from across the clean power sector that are providing cost-effective solutions to the climate crisis while creating jobs, spurring massive investment in the American economy and driving high tech innovation across the United States. ACP works to transform the U.S. power grid to a low-cost, reliable and renewable power system. By uniting the power of wind, solar, transmission and storage companies, along with manufacturers and construction companies, developers and owners/operators, utilities, financial firms and corporate purchasers, we are championing policies that enable the continued and aggressive growth in renewable energy in the United States. Visit ACP’s website to learn more about the enormous economic benefits renewable energy brings to America and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.