13 Feb 2012 - The European renewable energy industry now maintains more than one million jobs as the latest official figures show employment figures in the sector have increased by a quarter in a year.
And according to the new data, the booming green-energy sector has a combined turnover of more than €125 billion, an increase of 15% on the previous year, with sales in the solar PV market overtaking wind power for the first time.
The hugely important milestone was revealed in a European Commission report published today.
The EurObserv’ER paper, ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe', found solar photovoltaic installations in Europe accounted for three-quarters of all new PV capacity worldwide and the sector created more new capacity than any other renewable electricity source in 2010.
The renewable energy sectors in all 27 European Union countries together employ more than 1,144,000 people, a 25% increase on the 2009 figure of 912,220.
The top employing sector is solid biomass with more than 273,000 jobs followed by photovoltaic and wind power with respectively 268,110 and 263,145 jobs estimated for 2010. read more>>>