2016 was a banner year for the clean energy industry, in terms of both installed capacity as well as jobs created. The U.S. advanced energy industry has become a $200 billion sector, roughly the same size as the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. Several recent reports highlight this growth across the United States as well as the growth in the Gem State.
According to the recently released 2017 US Energy and Jobs Report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the wind, solar, and geothermal sectors employed 481,313 people across the country in 2016. This number was buoyed by the addition of almost 100,000 jobs in 2016 alone, making clean energy by far the fastest growing energy technology.
Electric Power Employment Generation Employment by Technology, Q2 2015- Q1 2016
These impressive growth trends nationally are reflected in the record growth the Idaho has seen this past year. The same DOE report identified 7,877 Idahoans who were employed in solar, wind, and energy efficiency in 2016. To put this in perspective, Micron Technology one of Idaho’s largest employers, provided 8,000 jobs. These large numbers have in large part been driven by the recent growth in the solar sector, which increased in size 60% from 2015 to 2016!
These numbers show what an economic powerhouse the clean energy industry in Idaho has become. The Idaho Clean Energy Association supports this growth by advocating for clean energy policies in Idaho. Support our work now with a donation!