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.
The A Renewable America Grid Campaign develops reports and creates press events to help key decision makers and the public understand how new wind, solar, transmission, and storage projects can help grow the American economy and deliver a reliable, affordable electricity grid. Our latest reports are listed below.
Outdated wholesale power market rules - designed at a time before low cost utility-scale wind and solar project were widely available - are holding back the deployment of these two clean technologies. This report highlights a suite of reforms that will deliver a grid that is flexible, fair, far, and free, lowering costs for consumers and enabling more of the clean energy they demand.
Wind and solar energy development is delivering huge economic benefits in Texas. Both technologies are frequently the lowest cost source of new power and also deliver a host of other economic benefits. This report highlights the cost savings for consumers, new tax revenue, land lease payments, job creation, and other economic and environmental benefits that these two industries are delivering.
Large US-based companies have made a huge public commitment to procure renewable energy - 60 gigawatts by 2025 - but the US transmission planning processes are not accounting for that demand. This report details those processes in key regions and provides recommendations for how corporates can get more involved to ensure the availability of low-cost wind and solar they demand.
The A Renewable America Jobs Tour travels around the country highlighting the job creation and other economic benefits of the growing US solar and wind industries. The Tour made 17 stops in the last year, watch some of the highlights below.
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.