The Renewable Energy Industry is Creating Thousands of Jobs
Green energy is thriving in the private sector. According to a study by Renewable Energy Policy Network, a group dedicated to advancing renewable energy around the world, there were more than 20,000 new jobs in solar, wind, and solar thermal power generation, and more than 2,000 in solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. And these are only in the solar and wind power industries.
Wind turbines are currently under construction in Europe, where they are providing a clean energy alternative to fossil fuels. The Wind Turbine Energy Center in the Netherlands has already received the green stamp of approval from the government of the Netherlands.
Solar thermal power has also seen an expansion. France is building a new 400 MW capacity, while the United States has seen an expansion of its solar thermal power capacity by 542 MW. Germany has a capacity of 260 MW, and the UK has also approved a solar thermal power capacity expansion.
Wind power is also expected to see an expansion, although the exact numbers are not yet available. Wind turbines in the Windy – which, by the way, is an independent Dutch-based renewable energy company based in Europe – have begun construction in Portugal and Spain.
Solar PV is also expected to see expansion. According to Renewable Energy Policy Network, PV thermal capacity was initially thought to be hard on the industry, but the growth of PV cell technology has changed this. Now, the growth of PV power is expected to continue with the expansion of wind power, solar thermal power, and solar thermal power capacity.
Finally, wind energy is likely to see expansion, but not in the conventional sense. Wind energy is growing in the private sector, with the expansion of wind turbines and solar PV cells. “The wind energy industry has grown so fast in the past decade, it has become the world’s largest exporter of solar thermal capacity,” says Renewable Energy Policy Network.
What’s more, wind energy is expected to expand further into the energy market, with the expansion of wind turbine and PV capacity. Wind energy is currently thought to be a “main ” contributor to carbon emissions. By 2020, there are only 10 years left to keep global warming increases to a minimum level, so the growth and expansion of wind energy is expected to continue.
The Renewable Energy Policy Network is a non-profit group based in Colorado that, in 2016, managed to create a renewable energy policy framework that is putting renewable energy on equal footing with oil, gas, and coal. The main goal of the Renewable Energy Policy Network is to produce a 100% renewable energy system.
“The main beneficiaries are going to be consumers, producers, and system operators,” explains Renewable Energy Policy Network executive director Steven Sexton. “When wind energy becomes a source of energy, we will be able to grow wind capacity more quickly and efficiently than we do today.”
It will be interesting to see how wind energy evolves as a source of energy over the coming years. It is likely to be a volatile year as we get used to our energy source.