Minnesota’s clean jobs economy has taken a considerable hit since investments by businesses and consumers began scaling back in March as COVID-19 started shutting down the state’s economy.
A report from Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) revealed more than 11,500 jobs had been lost, from a total of 61,805 at the end of 2019. Based on federal unemployment statistics, the data paints a troubling picture of a promising new industry damaged by a downturn in business and necessary stay-at-home orders that left many workers unable to perform their jobs.
Michael Allen, co-founder and owner of All Energy Solar, said business has been strong in 2020. All Energy Solar has 22 openings in three states where the company operates, with the largest number being in Minnesota. “Business has actually been pretty good,” he said. “With COVID-19, we had to readjust our plans and slowed our installation schedule, but we feel pretty good about it. We’re seeing 2020 as being a good year.”
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