IRENA Report: Renewable Energy Employs Almost 10 Million People
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently published its latest annual report on the state of the industry. According to the report, the renewable energy industry now provides jobs for more than 9.8 million people worldwide.
Solar and wind are leading the charge with solar photovoltaic (PV) being the largest global employer in 2016. Having grown by 12 percent since 2015, today, solar powers more than 3.1 million jobs, mostly in China, India and the United States. According to IRENA’s Director-General Adnan Z. Amin, both, solar and wind sectors combined have more than doubled their employment numbers over the past four years.
In 2016, the United States’ solar industry employed over 260,000 people, a 24.5 percent increase from 2015. The report also points out that nationwide, over the past year, the solar sector created jobs a whopping 17 times faster than the overall economy.
IRENA projects that, if the current trends continue, by 2030, the renewable energy sector can employ as many as 23 million people globally.
“This is truly an exciting time for the renewable energy industry,” says Ecotech Institute Campus President Chris Gorrie. “What these numbers show, is that there's going to be a tremendous demand for qualified solar and wind energy professionals in the coming years. And as America’s first and only college focused entirely on clean and renewable energy education, Ecotech Institute is proud to be training the next generation of renewable energy experts who will continue to move this industry forward.”