The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the fifth edition report Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2018, launched at IRENA’s 15th Council which took place in Abu Dhabi from 8 to 9 May 2018. The report states that the total number of people employed in the sector (including large hydropower) now stands at 10.3 million globally, surpassing the 10 million figure for the first time.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released this week the “Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015“ report, which states that more than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry. This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million.
SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, and the SunEdison Foundation, today announced a $5 million contribution to their philanthropic partnership with GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest non-profit solar installer.
Solar energy boosters have a lot to be happy about these days. The growth in their industry has been tremendous, so much so that proponents are now able to wave around some pretty impressive stats. Like this: There are now over 173,000 solar jobs in the United States.