The wind energy industry has seen tremendous growth over the past two decades. In the United States alone, more than 52,000 utility-scale wind turbines currently account for eight percent of the country’s operating electric generating capacity.
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Are you happy with your current job? If the answer is no, don’t worry. Most people have felt stuck in their careers at some point. That’s how Eric Marlow felt before enrolling at Ecotech Institute.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently released its 2018 Annual Review report highlighting the overall industry growth throughout 2017. According to the report, the renewable industry jobs sector increased by 5.3 percent last year, raising the total number of employees to 10.3 million — a new record for the industry.
Both the government and the private sector continue to invest in renewable energy, and the industry as a whole has seen explosive growth in recent years. Today, renewable energy represents a dynamic and transformative sector of the global economy. It encompasses wind power, solar power, hydropower and biofuels along with other forms of energy generation.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently issued its annual Renewable Capacity Statistics report that includes nearly 1,500 data points from more than 200 countries and territories.
Beer is not only the most popular alcoholic drink in the world, but also the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all legal drinking age adults in the United States live within ten miles of a brewery. Naturally, as renewable energy finds wider commercial, industrial and residential use, the growing trend is also being adopted by American brewers.
Recent Solar Energy Technology Program graduate David Baggs believes that it’s never too late to start a new career.
Navigating financial aid and figuring out how to pay for school can be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be the barrier between you and your career goals. There are several options to help fund your energy career training.
There has been a lot of chatter recently, both in Colorado and across the nation, about the growing need to develop a new energy infrastructure to replace the country’s aging stock of coal-fired power plants. With solar panel prices falling by 30 percent last year and continuing to fall this year, renewables are well on their way to becoming the cheapest solution to new power generation. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, both in 2015 and 2016, wind and solar power accounted for about two-thirds of all newly added electricity generation capacity nationwide.
Built in 2011, the Ecotech Institute campus is one of the few LEED Gold-certified schools in Colorado. The 62,000-square-foot facility is an architectural marker of efficiency and sustainability in the Denver metro area. However, not everyone knows the details behind the technologies that went into its creation.
Large-scale construction projects are nothing new in the energy sector. However, an upcoming wind farm in the middle of the North Sea may soon set a new renewable energy record.
The energy industry has traditionally been divided into two opposing camps: the fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas; and the renewables, which include solar, wind, hydro and biofuel-derived energy. And while the two camps often compete with each other, that relationship may soon change.
Solar power has grown into a leading source of renewable energy in recent years. According to a 2016 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar is now the world’s fastest-growing form of renewable energy, with net generation increasing by an average of 8.3 percent every year. Besides the energy sector, however, solar is now making significant advances into the global transportation industry.