American workers will power the renewables revolution. Let’s make sure they have the skills to succeed

Becky cairns | May 24, 2018

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You won’t see President Trump tweet this, but it’s a fact that jobs in solar energy outnumber those in coal. According to the Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, the solar industry employs over 373,000 workers, more than double the number employed by coal. The Department of Labor projects that the two fastest-growing jobs through 2026 will be solar installer and wind turbine service technician. Jobs in fossil fuels don’t even crack the top twenty. While it’s true that the number of coal-mining jobs has grown slightly since President Trump took office, demand for coal in the electricity sector through 2050 is expected to remain flat. Increased coal exports, which sustained the industry in 2017, are not expected to continue in 2018.

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Iberwind

Iberwind, with headquarters in Algés has, as core activity, the promotion, development and operation of renewable energy projects – Wind Energy. Iberwind operates 31 Wind Farms in the Portuguese market, with an installed capacity of 726 MW. Currently Iberwind is the second major promoter of Wind Energy in Portugal. Iberwind has a sound knowledge of the wind potential in Portugal, combining a long record of wind resource with an excellent geographic representativity of Wind Farms. Iberwind has a staff of around 60 people, among which a team of skilled technicians specialized in the operation and maintenance of wind farms.

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