Solar Power Provides About As Many Jobs As the Coal Industry in the U.S.

Posted by Mike Confino, January 20, 2015

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The solar industry is growing fast — which puts in that awkward position where it can lay claim to some very big numbers but also very small ones. Mother Jones reports that the solar power produced in the U.S. in the past decade has “leaped 139,000 percent.” That’s despite the fact that in 2013, solar power only made up 0.2 percent of the energy generated in the U.S., whereas coal produced 39 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

For Vox, Brad Plumer reports on another big number: the non-profit Solar Foundation says 174,000 people work in the solar industry. That means, he says, that the solar industry has created so many jobs, from solar panel manufacture to installation, that it now employs just about as many people as the coal industry does.

via Solar Power Provides About As Many Jobs As the Coal Industry in the U.S. | Smart News | Smithsonian.

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