US solar power employs more people than oil, coal and gas combined, report shows

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Solar energy employed 374,000 people over the year 2015-2016, making up 43 per cent of the sector’s workforce, while the traditional fossil fuels combined employed 187,117, making up just 22 per cent of the workforce, according to the report.

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Solar energy in the US employs more people than traditional coal, gas and oil combined, a report has found, in a revelation that could undermine Donald Trump’s argument that green energy isn’t good for the economy.

The latest report from the US Department of Energy (DOE) reveals solar energy accounts for the largest proportion of employers in the Electric Power Generation sector, with wind energy the third largest, while the coal industries have declined in the past 10 years.

Solar energy employed 374,000 people over the year 2015-2016, making up 43 per cent of the sector’s workforce, while the traditional fossil fuels combined employed 187,117, making up just 22 per cent of the workforce, according to the report.

via Independent US solar power employs more people than oil, coal and gas combined, report shows | The Independent

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  1. simonjkyte says:

    Yep Trump is on the wrong curve. Although employment will fall as R&D intensity reduces. Amazing things are about to happen regarding storage and in replacements for silicon.

  2. Good points, Simon. Here in New Zealand, we’re still waiting for battery costs to come down. I hadn’t heard about replacements for silicon. I don’t suppose you have any links?

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