Nonprofit organization The Solar Foundation recently published its annual National Solar Jobs Census, which highlighted the incredible growth of solar energy industry employment in the United States in 2016.
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Ecotech Institute’s Program Director, Auston Van Slyke was recently highlighted by Wind Systems Magazine, a monthly publication covering all aspects of the wind energy industry. Published in the magazine’s December 2016 issue, the detailed two-page interview provides an insider’s look into the wind turbine technician job and what makes it one of the fastest-growing professions today.
Ecotech Institute’s Wind Energy Technology Program Director, Auston Van Slyke was recently featured in a thought-provoking article by U.S. News & World Report. The piece highlights Van Slyke’s first encounter with wind turbines, which inspired him to learn more about the technology, and provides an informative overview of the wind turbine technician (a.k.a. wind tech) profession.
As we settle into the new year, let’s take a look at what the passing year meant for the clean-energy sector. In fact, we wouldn't be amiss to say that both 2015 and 2016 were truly game-changing for the industry.
Learn what it takes to build a successful career in the stable field of energy with a live presentation by Rob Muldoon, energy consultant at SolarCity, America’s number one residential solar provider.
Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy industries in the world — and for good reason. Wind energy is 100 percent clean, and doesn’t pollute the air or water like fossil fuel-based power plants; it’s based upon an endless supply of energy that does not need to be imported and it is one of the most cost-efficient renewable energy technologies that exist today.
We all know that the future belongs to renewable energy, and sooner or later we may all power our homes, cars and devices from renewable energy sources. However, some companies think that this future has already arrived.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are most grateful for, from friends and family to pumpkin pie. At Ecotech Institute, we are additionally thankful for the innovation and hard work that makes clean energy technology a reality. In honor of the holiday, we’d like to give thanks to renewable energy.
2016 has been a big year for renewable energy. Jobs in the field are on the rise, the price of clean energy technology is continuing to drop, and more and more people — both at the residential and corporate level — are adopting renewable energy. Here are five reasons to be hopeful about the new energy economy.
A new report shows 2015 was a record year for solar PV installations, a UK sports team makes plans for a low-carbon wooden stadium, and Norway makes strides toward its goal of 100 percent electric vehicle drivership. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
Officially, the winter solstice is weeks away, but depending on where you live, temperatures may have already started to drop. Now is a great time to make sure you are prepared for colder weather. Weatherizing your home can have a major impact on your energy use during the winter months.
Here are a few things you can do to make your home more energy efficient this year.
A new report shows that global offshore wind capacity could reach 400 GW by 2045, Germany gets the world’s first hydrogen powered, emission-free train, and the U.S. Department of Transportation announces a new plan that will help drivers with electric vehicles power up across the country. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
Elon Musk reveals Tesla’s new innovative solar roof tiles, U.S. wind power share surpasses 10 percent in 11 states, and Danish company Dong Energy reaches an impressive milestone for offshore wind turbine installation. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
From Dracula, to Angel and Spike of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Marceline of Adventure Time, vampires have taken many forms in pop culture over the years. But while these fictional monsters provide thrills and entertainment, many people don’t know that a different type of vampire is lurking in every household — energy vampires.
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Many politicians from coal-producing states have talked about investing our energy future in “clean coal technology.” But what does that mean? And is that our best move with regards to energy costs and environmental concerns like global climate change?
The world’s first wind-hydro farm is set to be installed in Germany, Target earns the top spot on SEIA’s list of U.S. corporations with the most solar power, and the U.S. Department of Energy announces a $21 Million investment to fund solar adoption. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
Still trying to decide what you’ll be for Halloween this year? Why not get a little creative and create your own costume with a renewable energy theme? Here are a few ideas that are sure to make you the life of the party.
Researchers propose a new innovation that could turn building windows into solar PV systems, GRID Alternatives brings solar power to tribal communities in the United States, and new figures predict that global wind capacity will reach 500 GW by the end of the year. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
If you keep up with renewable energy industry news, you’ve probably noticed a lot of headlines about offshore wind energy. The development of offshore wind farms has already gained traction in several European countries over the past couple of years, but now other nations are joining in, including the United States. Here are a few things you should know about this growing trend.
A recent survey finds that a majority of Americans favor the development of renewable energy, the U.S. makes plans to install more offshore wind capacity and new data shows power plant emissions are declining. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
The good news about the internet is that it provides us with an endless supply of information and resources. The bad news about the internet is that you have to navigate an endless supply of information and resources to find the content you really want.
Keeping up with industry news is important if you want to pursue a career in renewable energy. Here are five blogs covering industry news, innovations and policies that you can add to your digital reading list.
The global offshore wind market reaches record numbers, the Big Apple aims to boost its energy storage and solar efforts, and a Japanese engineer debuts a new type of wind turbine that could harness the power of typhoons. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
Looking for a job can be a daunting task, especially when you're looking to launch your career in renewable energy. Entering a new industry can feel like stepping into the unknown, and anyone who says they've never felt nervous about a job interview is probably not being entirely honest.
SEIA launches a first-of-its-kind recycling program for solar PV waste, the city of Los Angeles takes steps toward running on 100 percent renewable energy, and Elon Musk announces the unveiling of Tesla's new solar rooftop product. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. To honor this observance, here are four Hispanic leaders that are making a mark on the energy sector, from researchers and policy-makers, to advocates for diversity in the industry.
General Motors aims to power its operations completely through clean energy sources by 2050, Facebook announces plans for a new data center that will run on 100 percent renewables, and the U.S. Department of Energy dishes out more funding for its SunShot Initiative. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
Writing a good cover letter and building a solid resume are two universal skills that all job seekers must learn. But depending on the industry you're in, there are some key strategies that might not be covered by general best practices. If you're looking for a renewable energy career, these tips can help you put your best foot forward during your job search.
Costa Rica hits a major renewable energy milestone, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) releases a report on how the U.S. can support the increasing amount of solar and wind energy generation, and utilities invest in solar as prices continue to drop. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
This year, the U.S. solar industry hit a major milestone when it hit 1 million solar installations. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts that this number could double in just two years. The growing demand for solar means that there is also a growing demand for a trained workforce. Basically, it's a good time to work in solar energy.
New data shows that renewable energy generation is rising across the board, GE explores the possibility of floating offshore wind farms, and another Colorado city commits to reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
Tech companies look to renewable energy as power-hungry data centers become a growing part of their operations, the U.S. government's SunShot Initiative continues to hit it goals in decreasing the price of solar, and more CEOs list sustainability as a top business concern. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy industry news roundup.
Joining the renewable energy workforce is about more than just starting your career. It's about becoming a part of a larger community of people who share your interest in creating cleaner energy sources. Whether you're a pursuing a career in wind energy, in solar technology, or another sector of the renewable energy industry, there are numerous organizations you can get involved with.
The first offshore wind farm in the United States completes construction, wind energy prices continue to drop while the amount of energy capacity continues to soar, and NASA sets its sights on reducing CO2 emissions created by jet travel. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
If you're training to become a solar energy technician, you probably already understand the power and impact of renewable energy. But the level of innovation happening in the solar industry goes far beyond residential and commercial solar panel installation. Creative minds are using the power of solar to reach new heights (literally, in one case), and make living environments better for people locally and abroad.
The cost of wind and solar power is lower than ever, prompting more companies to think about how they can invest in renewable energy to not only reduce their carbon footprint, but also save money. As sustainability becomes a key factor in business operations, it's no wonder that organizations are starting to create roles for sustainability specialists who can focus specifically on how companies can be more energy efficient and utilize cleaner power sources.
Wind turbine vendor Vestas takes its spot as top dog in a new report, Apple expands its renewable energy efforts to new data centers in Ireland, and solar manufacturers change up their growth strategies. Read about this and more in this week's renewable energy industry news roundup.
If you're interested in starting a career in renewable energy, it's important to keep up with what's happening in the industry. A great way to stay in the know is to use Twitter. From clean energy-focused publications, to trade associations, non-profits and research labs, many of the key players in renewable energy have an active presence on the popular microblogging site.
Here are four resources you can use during your job hunt.
As the cost of solar energy continues to decrease, smaller margins will separate the industry winners and losers. Because of the price drop, companies are forced to quickly adapt to changes in the solar industry.
Tech giant Apple gets the green light to sell electricity from its renewable and other energy generators, the first offshore wind turbine gets installed in the United States, and researchers predict the global wind market to reach over 700 gigawatts (GW) by 2020. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
The nation's first offshore wind farm is in the final stages of construction, a $27 million project in the Port of Los Angeles will bring clean energy to marine terminal operations, and Alliant Energy Corp. has plans to expand Iowa's wind power. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
Auston Van Slyke, program director for the wind energy technology program at Ecotech Institute, recently wrote about the growth of jobs in renewable energy in Colorado and across the country in a byline for the Denver Business Journal.
Target is jumping into the wind energy sector, the Obama administration announces new energy plans to up current clean energy initiatives, and Xcel Energy cuts the ribbon on its 150-MW North Dakota wind farm. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
A Kansas city that was once destroyed by wind is now 100 percent wind-powered, drones are pervading the solar sector to increase solar installation efficiency, and Long Island may become home to the nation's largest wind farm. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
Renewable energy technology is always changing — solar cells are being developed to convert more energy, wind turbines are being designed to operate more efficiently, and energy storage is growing leaps and bounds to make the most of the power collected by these renewable energy sources. But, there are also a lot of smaller innovations that go unnoticed. Here are three examples of how technology is being used in unexpected ways to improve renewable energy.
New solar developments may repurpose 15 million acres of U.S. landfills, Texas is using climate change to benefit the wind industry and a new system will help New England wind farms produce energy that actually makes it to the grid. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
The World Green Building Council announces its “Advancing Net Zero” initiative, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. agree to reach 50 percent clean power generation by 2025, and Amazon is turning to local partners to increase renewable energy efforts. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
The wind energy industry is blowing up — wind was the largest source of new electric generating capacity that came online in 2015 according to data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). That means there are now more openings for wind energy technicians. The job can be highly rewarding, but it takes a certain type of person to succeed in this challenging role.
A solar-powered plane hits a milestone on its journey around the globe, a new report maps out the ways utility companies can provide solar power to neglected communities, and the Feds end an "unjust" exemption for wind farms. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
Not only is the new energy economy on the rise, it’s here to stay. But to continue this progress toward using cleaner sources for power, the renewable energy industry needs strong leadership. More and more professionals are joining growing fields like wind energy and solar energy, but the leaders of the shift toward renewable energy possess certain traits that will help drive the industry forward.
Tropical island countries that are the most threatened by climate change could become the first 100 percent renewable nations, the cost of wind-generated electricity is cheaper than ever before and Wyoming's wind energy taxes could bring North America's largest wind farm plans to a halt. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
Apple announces plans to sell a brand new product and it's not the new iPhone, Texas may soon be named the nation's biggest solar supplier, and over half of all U.S. states use renewable energy policies that you may have never heard of. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15. The event serves as a way to inform and educate people on wind energy, its power and the possibilities it offers in helping the evolution of our energy systems, benefitting the environment and boosting job growth.
If you're reading this blog, you probably already know that sustainability is an important issue. The advancements made in renewable energy and energy efficiency help us breathe easier (clean air benefits from wind power totaled $7.3 billion in public health savings in 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association), bring power to remote areas that otherwise would not have access to electricity and preserve the planet's finite resources.
Twenty-one countries announce plans to double clean energy research, New Orleans receives a federal grant for green infrastructure projects, and new research claims that the Midwest has the potential to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
From solar and wind technicians to environmental specialists, the dedicated individuals working in renewable energy and sustainability are doing a lot to make our world a better place to live. When the job gets tough, or you’re exhausted from a long day of work, it can be hard to remember just how important these roles are. Need a dose of inspiration (and a little nostalgia)? Check out this list of some of our favorite fictional environmentalists that’s sure to cheer you up.
New data shows clean energy employed more than 8 million people globally in 2015, Google receives an award from AWEA for its leadership in wind energy, and the UK unveils its first solar PV bus stop. Read these stories and more in this week’s roundup.
Getting hands-on experience is an essential part of training for a career in renewable energy. What's even better is when that experience leads to a product that will benefit others.
Microsoft continues its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, offshore wind projects have the potential to create 19,000 jobs in Virginia, and a new report from FERC report shows that nearly all new electric capacity added in Q1 of 2016 was renewable energy. Read these stories and more in this week's roundup.
Nine companies in the RE100 reach their goal of operating on 100 percent renewable energy, Facebook and Microsoft launch a national effort to make purchasing renewable energy easier, and the Better Buildings Challenge delivers $1.3 billion in savings. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
Renewable energy is a big deal in the United States. In fact, last year more than half of all new power capacity came from clean energy, with wind energy taking the top spot for new electric generating capacity in 2015.
San Diego makes plans to use 100% renewable energy by 2035, Massachusetts moves forward with a bill that could lead to a boom in offshore wind energy, and the Tesla Powerwall goes to market in the US. Read these stories in more in this week's news roundup.
When you're in need of an energy boost, it often can be found in something as simple as a well-curated playlist. And because energy is all around us, it's no surprise that the topic comes up so often in music. The next time you're in the mood for some tunes, consider cranking up the volume on these energy-themed songs perfect for anyone working in the energy field, from linemen and electrical engineering technicians to solar installers and wind turbine technicians.
New York becomes the model state for adopting renewable energy, Virginia adds jobs in wind energy, and a solar powered plane travels around the world. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
Etsy commits to solar energy, more than half US population lives amid dangerous air pollution, and Iowa puts faith in wind energy. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 bring awareness to environmental issues. Over four decades later, the holiday continues to drive our focus toward finding sustainable solutions for a healthier planet. That can mean a lot of different things for different people. From making individual choices to use less and recycle more, to advocating for policies that increase our use of renewable energy sources, building a sustainable future relies on everyone doing their part, from giant organizations, to local communities and individuals.
Colorado and California lead in wind energy and solar energy, Ford announces green initiatives, and 130 nations will sign the Paris climate change accord on Earth Day. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
The wind energy industry is a great place to be right now. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor listed wind turbine service technician as the top growing job across all occupations. Now, new data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) shows exactly why the industry is seeing this impressive job growth.
The renewable energy industry is thriving — more solar and wind energy capacity is being installed each year, clean energy jobs continue to increase, and more people are getting on board with the shift to using sustainable resources. But many myths about renewable energy remain — as they say, haters gonna hate. We decided to set the record straight on the following five misconceptions about the industry.
The clean energy job market is booming, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The report, titled Clean Jobs America, estimates that more than 2.5 million people now work in clean energy in the U.S.
Facebook and other major corporations incentivize sustainability, renewable energy investment outpaces gas and coal 2 to 1, and new solar panels generate energy in rain. Read these stories and more in this week’s news roundup.
Manufacturing goes green, new report shows renewable energy investments broke records in 2015 and March proved to be a good month for clean-energy reform. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
When most people think of jobs in wind energy, the first image that comes to mind is sky-high wind turbines. But before these energy-generating giants are installed, the work begins at ground level.
A new app calculates the carbon-footprint of employees' daily commutes, a South Korean company develops a hydroelectric turbine that can fit in your backpack and solar energy heats up in the state of Virginia. Read these stories and more in this week’s news roundup.
A new app calculates the carbon-footprint of employees' daily commutes, a South Korean company develops a hydroelectric turbine that can fit in your backpack and solar energy heats up in the state of Virginia. Read these stories and more in this week’s news roundup.
Interested in a career in wind energy? You're in luck. Wind turbine service technician is now the fastest growing occupation in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The occupation is projected to grow 108 percent by 2024.
Climate change threatens food security, Colorado is making strides to support renewable energy and Whole Foods gets even greener. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup:
California, New Jersey and Oregon are working towards getting greener, a new report shows 2015 was a record year for renewable energy, and McDonald's embraces sustainability. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the impact they have made on society. Countless women have paved the way for others in STEM professions, including renewable energy. The following four individuals are just a few examples of women making a difference in the industry today.
Groups urge NYC mayor to ramp up offshore wind development, Bill Gates joins in on the climate change conversation and MIT researchers create citywide building energy model. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
Professionals working in the renewable energy industry are true everyday heroes. They help design, build and maintain technologies that produce cleaner, more efficient energy to fuel society's daily needs and help preserve the planet.
The demand for green buildings grows, a beverage company invests in a recycling initiative and a bipartisan agreement to focus on renewable energy development. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
As the price of residential solar power becomes more affordable, more homeowners are making the decision to install rooftop solar PV panels. Some of the benefits are pretty clear — opting into solar power lessens a household’s carbon footprint and lowers electricity costs. But research has also shown that having solar panels installed can increase a home’s value in the housing market.
One of the most exciting things about the renewable energy industry is that there is no end to innovation — everyday there is something new. From new designs for wind turbines and updates to solar panels to trendy gadgets that help people power their electronic devices, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs are working constantly to improve the way we use and conserve energy.
Europe reports doubled wind energy investments in 2015, President Obama seeks to increase the amount of funding toward clean energy, and Super Bowl 50 proves to be a green champion. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup:
February is Black History Month, a time where we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. There have been many scientists, activists and politicians who've played an important part in promoting sustainability and eco-awareness throughout the years.
Recently, Ecotech Institute graduate and president of Sustainable Designs LLC Todd Valdez grabbed a GoPro and shot video of a two-day residential solar power installation.
We all know that the weather doesn't actually depend on whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog's Day. Either way, winter weather will continue to linger for at least a little while longer and that will impact your home energy use. If you've managed to make it this far without weatherizing your home, you may think it's too late to make a difference. But that's not the case!
Facebook announced a new data center that will be powered completely by wind energy, consumers demand corporate social responsibility, and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that in 2015 the American wind industry installed almost 8.6GW. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
Things are looking pretty good for the solar energy industry, according to The Solar Foundation’s recently released National Solar Jobs Census.
President Obama discussed climate change in his final State of the Union, a new Solar Foundation report finds ongoing strong growth in U.S. solar energy employment, and New York plans to invest $5 billion in clean energy. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.
Just a few weeks into 2016, renewable energy is already a hot topic in the news. In President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address, he talked about important issues for the United States. Among these issues, the president focused on climate change and noted that America "should invest in the future."
2015 was a big year in renewable energy. In August, President Obama took a historic step in tackling climate change in the United States when he announced the Clean Power Plan.
2015 ended with some big news for the renewable energy industry both in the United States and around the world. Cities on the west coast tackled climate change, wind energy set a new record in the U.S. and Congressional tax credits help forecast a great 2016.
More companies around the globe are incorporating sustainability practices into their operations and management for various reasons. A survey by McKinsey and Company showed results from companies integrating sustainability principles into their businesses by pursuing goals that go beyond maintaining a profile for Corporate Social Responsibility. McKinsey and Company is a global firm, comprising more than 9,000 consultants and nearly 2,000 research and information professionals assisting businesses around the world in their management and operational functions.
World markets react to the landmark Paris climate deal, the Environmental Protection Agency begins implementation of its Clean Energy Incentive Program and innovative New York architects propose a 40-block green space in the heart of New York City. These stories and more in this week's renewable energy industry news roundup.
This week in renewable energy was indeed a busy one. On the global stage, the United Nations approved a landmark climate accord in Paris and more companies joined RE100's mission for 100% renewable energy. In Ecotech Institute's backyard, Sunrun Inc. will bring 800 solar energy jobs to Colorado and Utah's first utility-scale solar farm went online. This news and more in this week's renewable energy roundup.
Congress looks to pass a new renewable energy tax break extension, Google nearly doubles its renewable energy capacity for data centers and more of the world's biggest companies join the White House's climate pledge. See how public and private sectors are both making strides towards a sustainable future in this week's renewable energy news roundup.
The outlook for renewable energy in the next few years is an exciting one; and one sector in particular is gearing up for a huge year in 2016: wind energy.
Sin City announces plans for 100 percent clean energy use, LM Wind looks to hire in North Dakota and underwater balloons could be the answer for storing unused renewable energy. Check out these and other stories in this week's renewable energy news roundup.