Worldwide Renewable Energy Jobs Continue Growth as Deployment and Further Developments in Technologies Persist

Worldwide Renewable Energy Jobs Continue Growth as Deployment and Further Developments in Technologies Persist

Global Renewable Energy Employment surges 18 percent to 7.7 million according to IRENA and other reports, with employment anticipated to more than double over the next 15 years.

Among positive trends in the renewable energy industry has been very consistent growth in job numbers. Spread across different value chains (manufacturing, engineering, construction, education, research, project development, etc.) of renewable energy proliferation in both developed and developing countries, and across different technology types, future growth in the industry is forecast to stay strong. Several highlights from the report include:

In 2014, the solar PV sector accounted for 2.5 million jobs, of which two-thirds were in China. Solar PV jobs also grew in Japan, while decreasing in the European Union;

Biofuels (1.8 million), biomass (822,000) and biogas (381,000) are also major employers, with jobs concentrated in the feedstock supply. While Brazil and the United States continued to dominate, Southeast Asia saw growth in biofuel jobs, reflecting measures to support production;

Wind employment crossed the 1 million mark, with China accounting for half of these jobs. The United States, Brazil and the European Union also saw gains;

Solar water heating and cooling employed 764,000 people, more than three-quarters of them in China. Other significant markets are India, Brazil and the European Union;

Small hydropower employed about 209,000 people, more than half in China, followed by the European Union, Brazil and India; and,

Large hydropower was estimated to support another 1.5 million direct jobs, mostly in China and largely in construction and installation.

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