31 May '17, 10am

Global Green Energy Job Count Approaches the 10 Million Mark

Global Green Energy Job Count Approaches the 10 Million Mark

Solar and wind are outpacing coal and natural gas in terms of job creation, both in the United States and around the world. In a report released Tuesday , the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reported that employment in the renewable energy sector, including solar, wind, biofuels, hydropower and other carbon-free resources, rose to 9.8 million people in 2016, a 1.1 percent increase from the previous year. Excluding large hydropower, the green power sector employed 8.3 million people in 2016, featuring a growth rate of 2.8 percent, according to IRENA's annual jobs review. That’s the lowest growth rate the organization has tracked since 2012, and includes some job losses in hydropower and solar heating. But solar PV and wind power together have more than doubled their employment since 2012, with solar growing to 3.1 million jobs and wind accounting for 1.2 milli...

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