Every year, renewable energy campaigns seem to converge on a theme. Last year, it was energy independence. This year, the theme is — you guessed it — jobs.

By cosmic convergence, Tuesday featured three cool new clean-energy-jobs-related items:

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Clean Edge released a report which projected that solar and wind industry employment will grow from 600,000 jobs in 2008 to 2.7 million by 2018 (if, of course, we get the enabling policies right).

SEREF released a mind-blowingly cool Google-earth/job estimator mashup. (More from Google.)

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And we launched a campaign to highlight the very real job opportunities that solar offers by placing fictitious HELP WANTED ads in Florida, Texas, and Nevada. By bringing levity to this serious issue, we hoped to generate some press for our policy goals. So far, so good; here’s the Palm Beach Post‘s take.