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.
According to the yearly report by the International Renewable Energy Agency, in 2016 the number of solar energy jobs exceeded those in the oil and natural gas extraction for the first time in the United States. This, in turn, paved the way for a global surge in clean energy employment throughout 2016.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA), renewable energy in the United States provided for almost 17 percent of total electricity generation through the first half of 2016.
The renewable energy generation continued to rise, as numerous large-scale solar and wind power plants were launched throughout the year.
In the meantime, coal-fired power generation continues to decrease. In 2016, it fell by 20 percent, after being down 14 percent between 2014 and 2015. In contrast, solar and wind power went up 31 and 23 percent respectively in 2016.
This means that clean energy is now truly starting to replace carbon-based sources of electricity generation across the country.
New technological advances and investments from some of the world’s largest electricity consumers continue to make renewable energy more cost-efficient and accessible than ever before. According to Renewable Energy World, by the end of 2017, solar energy generation is likely to double its 2015 numbers.
All these statistics mean that the clean energy field will continue to present numerous career opportunities for qualified job seekers. And if one of your New Year resolutions was to change or start a new rewarding career path, you may want to take a hard look at what Ecotech Institute has to offer.
Ecotech is the first and only college in the United States that focuses solely on preparing its students for successful careers in wind, solar, power utility and other energy sectors.