“Greening” public facilities might create more than 7,800 jobs
May 13, 2013
• Prop 39 spending would account for nearly half of those
• Could create additional jobs if some of the funds are used to leverage additional financing for energy projects
Some 3,410 direct “person-year” jobs (one full-time job for one year) will be created by $550 million spent annually in California on energy efficiency projects in the state’s public schools and facilities through the voter-approved Proposition 39, according to a new report from UC Berkeley’s Donald Vial Center on Employment.
Two-thirds of these direct jobs are estimated to be in the skilled construction trades, of which 95 will be entry-level, first-year apprentice jobs each year.
The study estimates that Proposition 39 investments will create 7,843 total person-year jobs, when you include indirect and induced jobs.
The report says that:
• Proposition 39 could create additional jobs if some of the funds are used to leverage additional financing for energy projects.
• It estimates 4,340 direct person-year jobs for $50 million per year invested in a revolving loan fund and 5,270 direct person-year jobs for $100 million per year invested in a revolving loan fund, assuming that remaining funds go to direct grants for projects.
• California can leverage its extensive existing training infrastructure to train workers critical to carrying out Proposition 39 projects successfully.
• Construction workers who carry out energy efficiency retrofits and clean energy installations will be trained via the state-certified apprenticeship system.
• Funding will be needed for pre-apprenticeship training programs to prepare disadvantaged workers for entry-level apprentice positions.
• Up to 30,000 school maintenance and operations workers across the state who impact the energy performance of school buildings may also need training.
“While Prop. 39 can generate jobs across California, we caution against over-promising on the number of jobs, particularly the number of new entry-level jobs. The more Prop. 39 funds are matched with private investment, the more jobs Prop. 39 will produce,” the report says.
Prop 39, approved by California voters last November 61 percent to 39 percent, requires out-of-state businesses to calculate their California income taxes based on the percentage of their sales in California.