August 2015 Newsletter: Tennessee: Where Energy Begins

August 2015 Newsletter: Tennessee: Where Energy Begins

About Us Projects Get a Quote   Tennessee:Where Energy Begins Job growth, incentivized programs, clean energies, and legistation are all on the table for conversation with the President of ARiES Solar , Harvey Abouelata. In this editorial piece he speaks candidly about Tennessee’s energy future and what you can do to help keep that future bright. Read More   Who wants a better paying job? Clean energy may be the answer. Shelley Kimel of The Knoxville News Sentinel examines Tennessee’s booming manufacturing sector and its ties with renewable energy. Kimel speaks to Harvey Abouelata, President of ARiES Solar , as well as investigates a new report from the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, E2, which inspects what makes Tennessee unique in the renewable energy market and projected growth in the next year. Read More TVA: 2015 Integrated Resource Plan Released The much-anticipated 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has been released by TVA. This document outlines how TVA will handle possible energy scenarios in the next twenty years. The document was created in consideration of the views of many different groups and organizations in the Tennessee Valley. Click above to gain access to the 2015 IRP and TVA’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Read More   Your Voice Matters Most in Solar All across the United States, lawmakers are changing how solar energy is incentivized. Steven Bushong, associate editor of Solar Power World, discusses what you can do to keep tax incentives in Tennessee. Read More Bill Gates Changed the World Once; He Proposes How We Can Do It Again Bill Gates focuses on government inconsistencies with clean energy...
Tennessee: Where Energy Begins!

Tennessee: Where Energy Begins!

In Knoxville, clean energy is making a positive impact on the community in various ways: solar panels are giving homes and businesses the independence to generate their own renewable, emission-free electricity; energy efficiency programs are saving people money on utility bills and improving indoor comfort; and, electric cars are cutting down on rush-hour air pollution and eliminating dependence on oil. Thanks to our growing clean energy industry, we are enjoying cleaner air, improved public health and a brighter path forward to a sustainable energy future. But with all of these improvements underway, clean energy is also creating many good jobs and helping to grow the economy. Employer survey results were recently released in a report entitled, “Clean Jobs Tennessee: Sizing Up Tennessee’s Clean Energy Jobs Base and its Potential.” According to the report, there are nearly 45,000 clean energy jobs in Tennessee. The count went up 6.3% this year, which exceeds the 2.2% job growth rate in Tennessee. Employers expect clean energy employment to increase by an additional 5.7% in the next year. Clean energy jobs tend to have an above-average impact on the economy. Researchers at Environmental Entrepreneurs determined that clean energy jobs across the country pay wages 13% higher on average than the U.S. median wage. Also, investments in clean energy can significantly reduce operating costs, freeing up funds for businesses to expand and create jobs. Moreover, the money that residents save on their utility bills can be spent in the local economy and will expand small businesses. As president of local clean energy employer ARiES Solar , I see the impacts of clean energy jobs daily....