15 January 2015 2015 05:46 AM GMT

U.S. Solar Sector Adds 31,000 Jobs in 2014 on Back of Strong Sector Growth

The United States added 31,000 jobs in the solar sector in 2015, as the industry in the country reaped the benefits from more project coming onstream, according to The Solar Foundation , an independent non-profit solar research and education organisation.

Figures from the organisation showed that the U.S. solar industry employed 173,807 individuals in 2014, representing 21.8%  growth in solar industry employment since November 2013.  Solar employment grew nearly 20 times faster than the national average employment growth rate of 1.1 percent in the same period.

“The solar industry has once again proven to be a powerful engine of economic growth and job creation,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation. “The solar sector has grown an extraordinary 86 percent in the last four years, adding approximately 81,000 jobs.

“Our findings show that one out of every 78 new jobs created in the U.S. over the past 12 months was created by the solar industry – nearly 1.3% of all jobs. It also shows for the fifth consecutive year, the solar industry is attracting highly-skilled, well-paid professionals. That growth is putting people back to work and strengthening our nation’s economy.”

The solar installation sector in the country is larger than well-established sectors of fossil fuel generation, such as coal mining which accounted for 93,185 jobs. The solar installation sector added nearly 50% more jobs in 2014 than the total created by both the oil and gas pipeline construction and the crude petroleum and natural gas extraction industries.

The report, derived from data collected from more than 7,600 U.S. businesses, measured employment growth in the solar industry between November 2013 and November 2014. The margin of error of this data set is +/-2.03%, significantly lower than any similar national industry study.

August 16th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

January 26th 2017
Largest Offshore Wind Farm In US Gets Go Ahead: New York Makes Bold Commitment

The vote comes two weeks after Governor Cuomo announced an unprecedented commitment to developing up to 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030 in his regional State of the State address on Long Island. This target, which is enough power generation for 1.25 million homes, is the largest commitment to offshore wind energy in U.S. history, bringing this valuable resource to New Yorkers on a scale unmatched in the United States. The 90 Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm, 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs and Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with clean, resilient and affordable Energy.

August 12th 2019
EU Approves Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals, Encourages Clean Energy Feed-In

Europeans will now be entitled to consume, store and sell the renewable energy they produce in line with ambitious targets set by the EU. The targets are to be reviewed by 2023, and can only be raised, not lowered. By making energy more efficient, Europeans will see their energy bills reduced. In addition, Europe will reduce its reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, improve local air quality and protect the climate. For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

August 10th 2018
Major Role For WorleyParsons’ Advisian On World’s Largest Solar Power Project

Noor Energy 1 has appointed Advisian, the global consulting firm of WorleyParsons, as Owner’s Engineer for the concentrating solar power (CSP) fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The 700MW project will be the largest of its kind in the world and as an Owner’s Engineer, Advisian will protect the owner’s interests by ensuring all contractors are adhering to project specifications. It will also provide a review of the basic and detailed engineering, manage risk and provide technical support during construction & commissioning of the plant.

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