Solar Power: The main energy employer in the States

It has been found that solar power actually is the US’s largest energy employer, and found to employ more people than traditional coal, gas and oil combined, a report a found, in an astonishing revelation that could undermine Donald Trump’s claim that green energy does nothing for the economy.

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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.

The report claims that the solar energy makes up 43% of the sector’s workforce, whereas coal makes up a meagre 22%.

“Proportionally, solar employment accounts for the largest share of workers in the Electric Power Generation sector. This is largely due to the construction related to the significant build out of new solar generation capacity,” the report states.

It adds that this gap is growing, with net generation from coal sources declining by 53 per cent between 2006 and September 2016, while electricity generation from natural gas increased by 33 per cent and solar by over 5,000 per cent in the same period.

David Foster, DOE Senior Advisor on Industrial and Economic Policy, said: “This report verifies the dynamic role that our energy technologies and infrastructure play in a 21st century economy.

However, this report seems to oppose President Donald Trump put forward during his election campaign, stating that he was going to get rid of  “burdensome regulations on our energy industry”, including “harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule”.

The new President’s manifesto promised an “energy revolution”, which he said he would bring about by unleashing “America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves”.

Despite this, however, it is made clear by this report that clean, green energy is the way forward, with solar industry employment increasing by 25 per cent, adding 73,000 new jobs to the economy, while wind energy employment saw an even larger  increase of 32 per cent.


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