Jobs and the solar industry

Millie HennickAugust 30, 20186650

Jobs and the solar industry

The proliferation of solar energy is causing changes in the workforce. Solar energy products once catered to a niche target audience and were very fairly costly to install. That is no longer the case. With huge strides in the field of science and technology, solar power is now being harnessed efficiently enough that almost anyone could afford it. The benefits of solar energy are seemingly boundless. Compared with capital-intensive fossil fuel technologies, the renewable solar energy industry is sometimes more labor-intensive. Therefore, on an average, more jobs are created for every unit of electricity produced by renewable sources than by fossil fuels. Renewable energy sources are already creating thousands of jobs in the United States alone. For example, in 2011, the wind energy industry directly employed over 70,000 full-time employees in a variety of markets, ranging from construction and turbine installation to manufacturing and project development. Discussed below are few highlights of solar energy and its new-found effect on some global economies.

Solar is a significant creator of new jobs

The solar sector has become a new industrial domain over recent years, and as more and more people install solar panels in their homes and offices for meeting their energy requirements, the solar industry is developing faster than ever before. In the United States, the solar industry has employed more than 350,000 people thus far and it is projected that by 2025, an additional 202,000 jobs are going to be created. There’s also some good news for India, where unemployment has marred the world’s fastest rising economy. It is estimated that by 2022, the solar energy industry would generate as many as 1.6 million jobs with over 600,000 jobs focused on the construction industry alone. But China and India are the world’s biggest polluters, so their adoption of solar energy is most welcome and necessary for the health of the planet.

Renewables help reduce weather-related calamities

Global warming increases the risk of disruptive events such as heat waves, droughts, intense storms, and severe wildfires which have become more frequent. Since solar energy is a renewable energy source, it is more resilient than natural gas, petrol, or coal and provides its energy on a daily basis. Similarly, during a severe drought or heat wave, electricity generation faces some risk. With the usage of solar energy systems and wind turbines, the future of solar power in India looks bright, as water is not a necessary component for generating electricity, and solar systems help reduce threats associated with water scarcity too.

Solar’s prices are not as volatile as fossil fuels

Solar energy is capably producing affordable electricity solutions to countries as diverse as the USA and India and can help stabilize the prices of non-renewable sources such as gas and diesel in the future. The good news is that the cost of renewable energy technology has declined rapidly, and is estimated to drop even more.  There has never been a better time to install a solar energy system!

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