Solar Employs More Workers Than Coal, Oil and Natural Gas Combined
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report, jobs in the solar energy industry now outnumber those in the coal, oil and natural gas industries combined. In 2016, more than 300,000 new jobs were added to the energy sector, representing 14 percent of the nation’s job growth. “Energy innovation is proving itself as the important driver of economic growth in America” says David Foster, DOE Senior Advisor. (photo – energy.gov)
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Solar Energy Industry Workforce Increased 25% in 2016
Wind Energy has Breezy 32% Growth
Wind generation is also seeing growth with a 32 percent increase in employment, since 2015. The wind industry is now providing the third largest share of Electric Power Generation employment with 102,000 workers across the nation.
Solar is becoming the world’s cheapest form of electricity production, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Report, and 2016 marked the first year that renewable energy technology out-performed fossil fuels on a large scale, In a trend that appears to be continuing Solar is expected to again show increased employment in 2017.
Additional Clean Energy Stories
Last year witnessed explosive growth in renewable energy and in stories covering renewable energy. Our post The Rise in Renewables covered all aspects of the issue and was featured as one of our Big Ocean Stories for 2016. While our article Impressive Progress Made in US Renewable Energy focused on the growth within the US clean energy market. A related story featured the breakthrough technology of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Industry, and was very interesting reading.about a very interesting guy.
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