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Coal plummets to 1978 levels as renewables climb

Lucas Mearian | April 5, 2017
U.S. renewable energy production increased 7% in 2016.

Overall, there were 260,077 solar workers in 2016, representing 2% of all new jobs. Solar employment increased by more than 51,000 workers, a 25% increase over 2015, according to the report. Solar industry employment has nearly tripled since the first National Solar Jobs Census was released in 2010 -- rising at least 20% annually for the past four years.

U.S. energy exports


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