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Published on February 3rd, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


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February 3rd, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
A clean energy transformation will create jobs. Many studies have found that clean energy creates more jobs than fossil fuel and nuclear energy. That said, fossil fuel and nuclear companies and power plants will certainly lay off workers as they go out of business or change technologies. But the good news is: a clean energy job should be awaiting many of them. Here’s on example:

Tim Rebhorn, First Solar’s new Senior Vice President, Project Development.

First Solar recently hired Tim Rebhorn to take over as Senior Vice President of Product Development. “Rebhorn has more than 30 years of experience in the power generation business as a senior executive in the gas, electricity, generation and distribution industry segments,” First Solar notes. “Most recently, he was CEO of Quail Nuclear Specialty Services, an industrial construction company primarily supporting the nuclear power industry. Previously, he was Managing Director of Resolutions Management, where he provided strategic support for clients in energy, steel, fuel cell, engineering and construction, petroleum and manufacturing industries. Earlier executive positions include Merrill Internationaland Stewart & Stevenson. He began his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and as a NATO Staff Planning Officer.”

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  • Jeff

    Sorry, but I don’t think most of your readers are going to care about some senior vice president getting a job. Now if you can give some examples of more typical workers and how they might be able to transition to a new job in a renewable energy sector I think you find a very willing audience.

    Not trying to troll or bash or anything. I’m all for the switch to renewable energy, I just think there is a large majority of people out there that need to be educated on what it will mean for most people, not the upper/upper middle class.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Good idea for a post. Would have to do some research on that.

  • Edward Kerr

    If people just realized how many jobs could be created if we were to have a “Manhattan Project” approach to building out a “clean energy system” they would be more aggressive in pressuring the government and corporations to act on this vital issue.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Awareness is growing. This last funding cycle we saw Republican governors of very conservative states lobbying Congress in support of the wind industry.

      Those red state jobs renewable energy jobs are becoming important.

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