The energy sector has no doubt been a point of contention in the USA in the past few years. The industry is divided into different areas with the most common ones been solar, coal, gas, and oil energy. However, with all of these options to choose from, the solar energy has no doubt been on the forefront in providing energy and power in various industries and homesteads in the country.
Solar energy has employed more people in the USA as compared to gas, oil, and coal combined. According to a report released by the US Department of Energy (DOE), a large chunk of employees in the energy sector are employed by the solar energy http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-solar-power-employs-more-people-more-oil-coal-gas-combined-donald-trump-green-energy-fossil-fuels-a7541971.html. The electric power generation, on the other hand, comes in second while the wind energy comes in third. Coal which used to be the main contender in power generation and employment has declined drastically in the past 10 years.
Based on the report, in the year 2015-2016, solar energy employed a record 374,000 people which loosely translates to 43% of the total workforce in the energy sector. On the other hand, the traditional energy produced by fossils had a combined employment percentage of only 22% as compared to the past few years where the fossil industry was the leader in providing energy and employment. This clearly shows that solar energy has been the power of choice in many households and industries at large.
According to the report, a total of 6.4 million Americans are currently employed in the energy sector. This is an increase of more than 300,000 jobs as previously recorded and reported in the year 2015. Apart from this, a total of 80,000 people were employed in the solar energy sector in the year 2016 alone.
Though the energy industry has been promising in the USA, it remains to be seen what will come out of it when you consider the fact that President Trump made it clear that he does not support renewable energy resources. This eventually became official after the President hinted about the removal of the Climate Protection Plan which was signed into action by the former President Barrack Obama. With the current change in administration, it remains to be seen what will become of the solar energy in the coming years.