Renewable energy is making its move. Eighteen percent of all electricity in the United States was produced by renewable sources in 2017, including solar, wind and hydroelectric dams. That’s up from 15 percent in 2016.
According to data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), by the end of 2017, global renewable generation capacity increased by 167 GW (gigawatts) and reached 2,179 GW worldwide. This represents a yearly growth of around 8.3 percent, the average for seven straight years in a row.
The acceptance and application of solar power alone has been so extraordinary over the past decade that futurists are now predicting that solar power could very well be responsible for over a third of our energy supply by the year 2060. And even that might be short sighted.
Fortune reports that solar and wind projects made up roughly 62 percent of new power construction in 2017. A solar PV (photovoltaic) system is now installed every four minutes. The U.S. solar energy industry added more jobs in 2015 than the U.S. oil & gas extraction & pipeline industries added combined, and grew 12x faster than the U.S. economy as a whole.
The cost of solar also continues to plummet. The price of a solar panel in 1975 was 227 times higher than it is today — $101.5/watt versus $0.447/watt.
Put it all together and it’s clear that renewables’ time is now and on into the future pushed along by concerns over climate change coupled with high oil prices. Increasing government support is also driving more renewable energy legislation, incentives and commercialization.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Energy, renewable energy is important because of:
- Environmental Benefits
- It’s A Finite Source
- More Jobs, Economy Boost
- Increased Energy Security
Renewable Energy Training
Tonex offers hands-on training courses in renewable energy:
Participants learn about all the various forms of renewable energy as well as cutting edge topics in the renewable energy field, such as:
- Grid Interconnection
- Distributed Energy Storage
- Distributed Energy Grids
- Advanced Vehicles & Fuels
- Green Building Entrepreneurship
- Politics and Economics of International Energy and Global Energy and Climate Policy
- Transmission Systems for Renewable Energy
- Compare Renewable Energy/Electricity Hedging, Trading, Futures, Options & Derivatives
Who Should Attend
Engineers, technicians, analysts, managers, non-engineering professionals and planners will all benefit from staying current in renewable energy.
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–Ratings tabulated from student feedback post-course evaluations show an amazing 98 percent satisfaction score.
–Reasonably priced classes taught by the best trainers is the reason all kinds of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to government’s most important agencies return for updates in courses and hands-on workshops
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