Department of Energy Creating More Jobs in Solar Energy than Any Other Industry
The Department of Energy, being rather large should have no problem creating and employing people that need/want jobs and even providing the training for people to enter into the field. They have the funds, they have the access to facilities and thus far they have been doing a great job - pun intended - but there are still some lingering questions I faced when reading this report for the 2016 creating of jobs in the solar industry.
"This report verifies the dynamic role that our energy technologies and infrastructure play in the 21st century economy," said Department of Energy Senior Adviser on Industrial and Economic Policy, David Foster. "Whether producing natural gas or solar power at increasingly lower prices or reducing our consumption of energy through smart grids and fuel efficient vehicles, energy innovation is proving itself as the important driver of economic growth in America
Here's what we know so far from this report:
- Solar Energy employs 6.4 Million People in the US
- Produced 14% of new jobs in 2016
- The Department of Energy two largest growth of employment are Oil Extraction and Solar Energy
- By the end of 2016 - there were 374,000 Americans employed by the Solar Industry by itself
- 37% of these people are in installation/maintenance 26% are in supply chain and 18% in manufacturing
- Over half of the time spent of a solar workers time is on residential work request
- Power generated at utility-scale factories cost $0.05/kwh - totaling in $1.4 billion for this energy
- Consumers savings were greater than $1.7 billion in 2016
- Energy Efficient jobs increased by 133,000 jobs for a total of 2.2 million
- Wind industry employment added 25,000 new jobs to land at 102,000
- 41% of all solar jobs are in California and 24% of all wind jobs are in Texas.
With a large amount of growth, room, space, and opportunity why are there not programs for college students to work out of debt and work for the DOE? Why are there not training programs for those after their GED? Why are there not programs for people rehabilitating their life after prison? If the DOE is the leader in build jobs and turning the tide for new and innovative things - why are they truly not creating jobs and forcing the unemployment rate down?
Yet even as the report found the opportunity for job growth in many energy sectors, the DOE even admits that employers "found it difficult or very difficult" to hire new employees with needed skills. But as I stated before you have NUMEROUS graduates that are in debt and recent inmate that are BEGGING for jobs - why not create a program to train and teach these people to fill the position. Would you rather just not have the position filled?
The DOE conducts subsequent surveys to provide annual USEER reports that will provide year over year analysis of the America energy employment landscape. We will keep you in the loop as they are released and we find out more information.
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