Clean-energy investments can help America in more ways that one. Moving in the direction of clean-energy also creates millions of jobs, and puts money back in the pockets of consumers.
On January 6th, 2010, Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, announced that there would be just about $100 million in federal grants to support the training for various green jobs. The goal is to help give unemployed workers jobs, and also help the country move to clean-energy.
The grants come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The act has a total funding of $500 million. However, for this particular grant there was $5 million given to the Utility Workers Union of American to give training to individuals in the states of New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts.
There was also another $5 million that was given to the International Transportation Learning Center for the following states: New York, New Jersey, Utah, and Ohio.
The training for green jobs will be in various industries such as wind and energy auditors, solar panel installers, hybrid and electric automobile technicians, and weatherization specialists.