Solar & Wind Energy
Are Job Creators
The wind and solar industries now employ over 350,000 American workers and are projected to have the two fastest growing job categories through 2026.
With recent cost declines - 66 percent for wind power and 85 percent for solar since 2009 - the renewable sector is experiencing rapid growth, which is driving new investment, creating jobs, and adding new tax revenue for communities across the nation. A Renewable America (ARA) helps deliver that message by providing press and advocacy opportunities for renewable businesses, their supply chain, and purchasers, to relay localized facts about these economic benefits. ARA is a project of the Wind Solar Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Pattern Energy’s Grady Wind Farm, New Mexico
O2 EMC solar project in Bedford, Virginia
Xcel Energy’s Rush Creek Wind Farm, Colorado
Wind power is now often the lowest-cost source of new electricity generation, even without government incentives. This growing industry employs over 105,000 workers across all 50 states.
Driven by record-low costs, U.S. solar power had its second best year in 2017. Over 10 gigawatts of new solar power was installed, more than any other renewable source of electricity. Solar employs over 240,000 American workers.
Expanding and upgrading America's high-voltage electric power transmission system will enable the delivery of more wind and solar power from our country’s remote areas to population centers.
Rapidly falling costs and the increasing demand for low-cost renewable energy are leading to the expansion of the storage market. The U.S. energy storage market grew 27 percent in 2017, with 431 megawatt-hours deployed on the year.