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Over a million renewable energy jobs in Europe – solar the top earner

1 Million Plus Renewable Energy Jobs In Europe, by Energy Matters  15 Feb 12, The European renewable energy sector had more than a million people employed by the end of 2010 according to the recently released EurObserv’ER report, “The State of Renewable Energies in Europe”.

All 27 European Union member states had over 1,114,000 people employed in various renewable energy fields in 2010, a jump of 25% on 2009 figures.

The biggest employer was solid biomass at 273,000 jobs, followed by photovoltaic solar (268,110), then and wind power with over a quarter of a million jobs.
With the photovoltaic sector booming in 2010, a 50% increase in jobs in countries such as Germany and France occurred. In Italy, job numbers increased by over 70%.
Other key findings in the report in relation to renewable energy in 2010:
– Share of gross final energy consumption: 12.4% in 2010 (11.5% in 2009)
· Share in total electricity consumption: 19.8% in 2010 (18.2% in 2009)
· Share of gross inland energy consumption: 9.9% in 2010 (9.1% in 2009)
· Employment: 1.11 million people in 2010 (0.91 million in 2009)
· Related economic activity: 127 billion euro (120 billion euro in 2009)

With sales of 45564 million euro in Europe’s markets in 2010, solar eclipsed wind power as the top earner.

The report points out that 16,700 MWp of photovoltaics were installed in 2010 around the world, bringing the global installed PV capacity to 38,700 MWp. Of this amount, over three quarters is installed in Europe. Nearly 89% of European solar electricity output is focused in just three countries – Germany, Spain and Italy.   http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=3047

February 15, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. The European renewable energy sector had more than a million people employed by the end of 2010 according to the recently released EurObserv’ER report, “The State of Renewable Energies in Europe”.
    Europe is leading the renewable energy idustry, and is leading it in every sense, by example first of all, by money invested in this sector, and by the number of jobs created.
    I am a strong believer in renewable energy and I think it’s the way all nations around the globe should move forward, especially now that we are seeing with our own eyes the devastation of global warming.

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