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CleanLoop tackles clean-tech skills shortage

Job listing site is designed to help people who want to move into the clean-tech business, which has been held back by a lack of technical and managerial talent.

It's a common story: people are interested in the clean energy business but don't have a clue how to get in.

On Tuesday, CleanLoop was launched as a job search site dedicated to the clean-tech industry.

It appears to be oriented toward people who have worked in the technology business and are looking to make a change, as many IT professionals already have.

The company blog offers some tips and a dose of reality:

Remember that most cleantech companies, at least those on CleanLoop, are backed by investors who want a return on their money. If they couldn't make money saving the planet, then they wouldn't invest.

A lack of skills is one of the biggest hurdles for the clean-tech industry.

In a survey earlier this year, research firm New Energy Finance and recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles queried 75 executives in clean-energy companies around the world and found that the lack of technical and managerial talent in the field is a problem.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents said that the recruitment issue is "very serious," and 59 percent said it was "moderately serious."