28 May '14, 9am

German solar jobs collapsing by almost 50% in 2013, more losses expected - PV-Tech

State secretary for energy and the economy Rainer Baake said that the statistics showed a previous boom period for PV to have not been sustainable. Image: wikimedia user: Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung. The number of workers employed by the German PV industry fell by almost 50% last year, according to figures released on Monday by the German energy and economics ministry. The federal ministry for economic affairs and energy’s statistics show that the PV industry’s workforce numbers in Germany fell from 100,300 people in 2012 to 56,000 in 2013. In total, the ministry reported that around 371,400 people were employed in renewable energy in Germany. Of this figure, the ministry claims, 70.4%, or 261,500 jobs, can be directly attributed to the influence of the country’s renewable energy act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG). State secretary for energy and the economy Rainer Baake sa...

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