A $9 billion Obama administration grant program for renewable energy projects has created tens of thousands of jobs, an Energy Department report out Friday concludes.
The report — conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory — concludes that the program supported 52,000 to 75,000 construction and installation jobs on average over the three years it was in effect.
Between 43,000 to 66,000 of those were indirect jobs in the supply chain (for example, in parts manufacturing). The other roughly 9,400 of the jobs were in the design and development of renewable energy systems.
Through Nov. 10, 2011, the program handed out about $9 billion to 23,000 projects with 13.5 gigawatts of combined capacity
. The final figures won’t be known for some time because of projects that met “safe harbor” requirements at the end of 2011 and will be completed later on.