The effort over the past two decades to increase the adoption of renewable energy sources is paying off. The wind industry now employs more than 100,000 Americans. And that number is growing - fast. In fact, wind energy is expected to supply 20% of our electricity by 2030, which could increase the number of jobs in the wind industry to 380,000.
Renewable Energy Employment Exceeds That of Fossil Fuel-Based Industries
Increased investment in the wind and solar industries has meant more jobs. The Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report shows that solar electricity generation now employs more people than the electricity generation of coal,
In recent years, solar and wind jobs have grown by 20% annually, creating jobs at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, jobs in fossil fuel extraction and services have declined by 4.25% annually since 2012. With renewable energy now accounting for more than 64% of new electricity generation capacity installed each year, we can expect the fast-paced growth of jobs in the renewable industry to continue.
Job Growth Close to Home
Many of these wind and solar occupations are local, involving the sales,
As more wind and solar facilities are built, more jobs are added. The fastest growing occupation over the next ten years is a Wind Turbine Service Technician, with an expected growth rate of 108 percent. Other related forms of employment include the manufacturing of parts and systems, project development and operations, especially for utility-sized renewable power plants.
A Bright Future
In total, jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency are believed to have surpassed 4 million. This signifies a broad interest in and general support for the clean energy movement.
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