Renewable Energy Jobs Have Almost Doubled in the Past 5 Years

Written by Megan Treacy

In the past few years, we’ve seen a major uptick in renewable energy projects around the world and with those new projects have come a lot of new jobs.

Back in 2012, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) completed its first survey of renewable energy jobs and at that time 5 million people were employed in the sector worldwide. The group released this year’s report and that number has climbed to 9.8 million employed as of 2016.

The falling cost of solar and wind projects as well as government policies promoting clean energy growth have boosted new projects and the resulting jobs. In the last four years, the number of jobs in the solar and wind sectors alone has more than doubled.

The total numbers include large hydropower projects, but if those are removed, there were still 8.3 million clean energy employees in 2016.

The countries representing the largest share of these jobs are Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States. China has the largest number of people employed in the sector with 3.5 million and 62 percent of the jobs are located in Asia where a lot of solar panel manufacturing is taking place.

The even better news is that this growth is only expected to speed up. IRENA reports that renewable energy jobs are predicted to number 24 million by 2030, outpacing the loss of fossil fuel jobs. This trend will make clean energy a major economic force around the world with the added benefit of making our planet a lot healthier.

This post originally appeared on TreeHugger.

86 comments

Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Peggy B
Peggy B4 months ago

Great news

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Paola S
Paola S4 months ago

Excellent. Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M4 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M4 months ago

Noted.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 months ago

Good news, new jobs! I don't care what you are building, we just need good paying jobs!

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla5 months ago

Well, sadly, I think this trend will stop with Trump :(

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Carl R
Carl R7 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld7 months ago

Mark,
Not sure where you are getting your information, but natural gas is still the cheapest form of energy. Solar facilities coming online today are 40% more expensive than coal, and more than double natural gas. Plants being built today, and coming online in 2022 are expected to be only 40% more expensive than natural gas. Solar is currently the most expensive source of energy.

https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo/pdf/electricity_generation.pdf

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ERIKA S
ERIKA SOMLAI7 months ago

that's good

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