The US Department of Energy recently released a new report regarding the Energy industry and its employment stats. The US Energy and Employment Report shows that renewable energy, namely wind and solar, added 98,000 new jobs in the country in 2016. In fact, the energy industry ass 300,000 new jobs in 2016 (14% of the nation’s job growth), with the solar industry alone accounting for 73,000 of those jobs. Of those 300,000 new jobs, jobs dealing or relating to energy efficiency increased by 133,000 – making the total number of energy efficiency jobs 2.2 million!
With the total amount of Americans working in the solar industry at an all-time high (373,807 Americans, to be exact), the US solar workforce increased by 25% in 2016.
The detailed report released by the DOE can be read here.
The original article, by Solar Industry Magazine, can be read here.