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There are more than 2 jobs in solar for every 1 job in coal


Those numbers come from a Department of Energy report published in January by the Obama administration that provides the most complete picture available of American energy employment.

In 2016, 1.9 million Americans were employed in electric power generation, mining and other fuel extraction activities, according to the report – a field we’ll call power creation for short.

More than 373,000 Americans worked part or full time in solar energy, and just over 260,000 of them – or about 70 percent – spent a majority of their time on solar projects.

Most solar energy jobs were in installation, construction and manufacturing, as the relatively new industry continued to add capacity. Solar power still generated a small share of United States energy output last year.

The coal industry, which has shed jobs since 2012, primarily due to competition from cheap natural gas, employed just over 160,000 workers nationwide. About 54,000 coal jobs were in mining.

It’s important to note that power creation isn’t the only source of energy employment. The Energy Department report found another 2.3 million jobs in energy transmission, storage and distribution, a number that includes powerline and pipeline workers and more than 900,000 retail jobs, such as gas station workers and fuel dealers. If non-traditional energy workers are included in the mix – those involved in manufacturing and installing energy-efficient products – the total number of energy-related jobs swells to 6.4 million.

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CA Solar Jobs Forecast

Employment in California’s solar-energy sector grew by 8 percent in 2013 under robust regulatory and tax incentives, with even more aggressive hiring forecast this year, according to survey results published Tuesday by The Solar Foundation.

The nonprofit research and education group identified roughly 3,500 additional solar positions in the state during the 12 months ending in November 2013.

Relative to its population of 38 million, California’s solar employment grew more slowly than the U.S. as a whole, which was up by 20 percent to nearly 143,000 jobs.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/12/tp-ca-solar-jobs-to-exceed-50000-in-2014-states/

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Solar Industry Employment Up in 20% in 2013

The number of jobs tied to the U.S. solar energy sector increased by nearly 20 percent in 2013, according to an annual survey by the Solar Foundation released Monday.

The foundation, a nonprofit educational and statistical arm of the industry, found an estimated 142,628 solar workers in the U.S. economy — defined as those who spend 50 percent or more of their time supporting solar-related activities — as of November 2013. It was the fastest job growth in the survey’s four-year history.

California’s booming solar market should figure prominently when state and local data are released next month.

Of 23,682 estimated new U.S. solar jobs, about half were devoted to the installation of solar equipment.

The average solar installer earned about $23 an hour, comparable to some skilled electricians and plumbers, and higher than the average rate for roofers and construction laborers.

Jobs in project development grew at the fastest rate, more than doubling to 12,169, followed by sales and distribution jobs that grew by about 24 percent to more than 22,500.

Jobs in solar equipment manufacturing were virtually unchanged, at 29,851.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/27/solar-jobs-accelerate/

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