The renewable energy market continues to report record growth. Global wind capacity is on track to hit 800 GW by 2021, and the emerging energy storage market is expected to reach 125 GW of capacity in the next decade. The U.S. solar industry is on track to add 15 GW of Photovoltaic (PV) capacity annually between now and 2023. This historic growth has catapulted a sector once categorized as “alternative” into a critical role amongst our mainstream energy portfolio.
In the first quarter of 2018, wind and solar were responsible for 94 percent of new utility-scale energy capacity installed in the United States and are integral to generating affordable and reliable electricity to meet our energy demands. This explosive growth has also created job opportunities, with both solar installer and wind technician representing two of the fastest growing careers in the country. These career opportunities are one example of how the industry continues to support broad economic growth in the form of high-paying jobs all over the country.