May 20th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan
Compared to most states, the large installations of North Carolina's solar industry have been less influenced by the economic slide from the pandemic. The question is, will those numbers hold over the next few months? The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently released state data on solar job losses. Better news than others only slightly abates the concerns, as North Carolina is still showing 19% fewer solar workers than expected in June according to the data
May 19th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor
With the US and global economy in free-fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the renewable energy industry is hemorrhaging projects and jobs at a faster rate than the overall economy
December 6th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider
Trump's tariffs have harmed Americans by raising prices, cutting jobs, and losing the US billions in investment opportunities. From 2017–2021, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expects 62,000 fewer jobs in the solar industry — which is more than the entire US coal mining industry
June 17th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
The International Renewable Energy Agency reported last week that 11 million people were employed in the renewable energy industry around the world in 2018, a 6% increase over 2017 and continued proof that the industry continues to increase its role in the global economy and energy mix.
February 12th, 2019 | by Tina Casey
More solar jobs are in store for 2019, despite President* Trump's tariffs on key supplies including solar cells, solar modules, steel, and aluminum
December 31st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
A program has been created by HBI and IREC to help at-risk youth get jobs in the solar power industry. Solar power job training and credentialing can help the target audience gain valuable skills and experience to help them advance in their careers. There are several million Americans who are in the 16-24 year-old age bracket who are not working or enrolled in school. Solar jobs are skilled and pay much better than typical fare for this age group such as working in the fast food industry.
December 13th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Employment in renewable energy is booming all across America's heartland, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. So why does the federal government want to cut spending on renewable energy?
October 29th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
There's a wildly incorrect claim that Republicans are more "pro-job" or "pro-economy" than Democrats. It's absolutely not true
October 24th, 2018 | by Tina Casey
President* Trump seems to have forgotten all about coal jobs, launches new solar jobs programs to prepare workforce for next-generation clean tech
June 29th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
According to a report produced by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative, there are more than twice as many solar power jobs in the US as coal industry jobs
May 28th, 2018 | by Tina Casey
Tariff or not, US solar jobs can continue to grow even where solar resources are less than optimal -- if state policies accelerate 3-D printing, IOT and other next-generation manufacturing methods
April 29th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
An American Jobs Project report has found that solar jobs in New Mexico could more than double by 2030. Projected growth of the New Mexico solar industry over the next 12 years could increase solar jobs to 6,800 from the current figure of about 2,500.
March 18th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
MSNBC gets a lot of things right. In fact, it may be the best mainstream media outlet when it comes to focusing on what's important and when it comes to keeping nonsensical political spin off its shows. However, it seems the outlet doesn't know energy
March 10th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
Renewable energy is already cheaper than other energy options in most of the world, but it comes with other economic and societal benefits as well. Because of the number of countries investing in renewable energy, the complexity of their national economies and their energy infrastructure details, it isn’t possible to cover everything in one online article. The subject would be better addressed in a book. So, this article is intended only to be a snapshot of some key high-level points
January 26th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
The recent news about tariffs on Chinese solar panels brought out how little MSNBC staff follow the energy industry and how little they understand what the problems are with this specific trade case. Bringing in CNBC Editor-at-Large John Harwood didn't help either, as he also didn't note (and didn't seem to not know) the most important points of the story
January 11th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
Renewable energy has historically been seen as an alternative to burning fossil fuels like coal and petroleum products for consumable energy. However, we have come to learn that far more than the core reasons for pursuing renewable energy, there are plenty of other benefits of clean, renewable energy. It has become increasingly clear that renewable energy is just better than fossil fuels — for people and the environment
October 24th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Donald Trump's desire to pollute America's skies with millions of tons of poisonous gases from coal-fired generating plants is running into a problem. It costs too much money. In many so-called red states that voted for Trump, the demand for solar power is rising and creating jobs faster than any other sector of the economy, according to research by Greentech Media
June 14th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor
As of November 2016, the American solar industry employed 260,077 workers. This is an increase of 24.5% from 2015, with a growth rate that is 17 times faster than the United States economy as a whole
May 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
We've written a few times about how China has the opportunity (and seems to be taking it) to increase its global influence and power thanks to the Trump presidency. There are various avenues for achieving that, but the largest of them seems to be Trump's science denial and absurd ideas regarding global warming and sensible climate action.
Now, another global superpower is following suit with this opening, but much more directly
April 8th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor
While President Trump’s executive order turning back many Obama-era climate change policies is great optics for his energy policy conservative base and fossil fuel donors, it doesn’t change the facts of the new energy economy. Since we know President Trump likes short briefings, here are the hard truths about the future of energy in this country and many other parts of the world that are driven by market forces rather than politics