Promise of jobs from solar, wind power a hard sell in the desert
Complaints that the renewable energy industry creates relatively few jobs is probably accurate, say energy and economic experts. While renewable energy generation is growing fast in Nevada, it's still just a fraction of the overall economy. The Nevada Commission on Economic Development has been aggressively pushing renewable energy projects, but as a percentage of the state's total jobs, "it's not much, to be honest," said Lindsay Anderson, director of business research and development with the commission.
August 30, 2011
by Coral Davenport
in National Journal
SEARCHLIGHT, Nev.-- It's easy to find Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's house in his tiny desert mining hometown. "You looking for Dirty Harry? Just look for the house with the wind turbine in the yard and the big solar panels on the roof," said a patron at the Searchlight Nugget Casino bar.
Reid's passionate personal commitment to the promise of renewable energy--often subdued when he is in Washington--is visibly evident throughout his home state. In the scorched desert 20 miles outside of Searchlight is a vast million-panel solar electricity array, similar to more than 60 other major solar, geothermal, and... [continue via Web link]