As clean energy job growth outpaces conventional energy sectors like coal in Illinois, new opportunities are being created in both rural and urban areas of the state.
As former industrial communities seek to rebuild their economies around clean energy, two cities in the Midwest provide examples with starkly different outcomes.
Wind and solar energy support about 30,000 jobs at about a thousand companies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, according to a recent series of reports.
Entrepreneur and policy expert Dr. Holmes Hummel says cleantech can thrive in the U.S., but it still faces formidable obstacles.
The Midwest, with its world-renowned Universities and research labs, has all the right intellectual capital to kick-start an energy tech revolution.