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Renewable energy has made impressive strides in the U.S. in recent years

According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employs more people than electricity generation through coal, oil and gas combined.

Renewable Energy | Solar power now employs more people in the U.S. than coal, oil and gas combined according to a new U.S. Department of Energy report.
Employment by energy generation source in 2016 (U.S.-only) You will find more statistics at Statista

Last year, solar power accounted for 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce, while fossil fuels combined employed 22 percent

The statistic will be welcomed with open arms by those trying to refute Donald Trump’s assertion that renewable energy projects are bad news for the U.S. economy.

Around 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report while generation through fossil fuels had a workforce of just over 187,000. The solar boom can be attributed to construction work associated with expanding generation capacity.

Bonus Graphic

This chart shows the total subsidy amounts paid to ‘Primary Power Generation’ (electricity producers) in 2015.


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