The Future for Solar Energy Careers Is Predictable.
So what does the consumer adoption rate for electric vehicles and the impacts of climate change have to do with your future career prospects in the solar energy industry? Well bear with me and I will explain why you need to keep an eye on these two trends and the solar energy job market.
Have you noticed the price of gasoline and diesel fuel lately? How could you not right? I mean gas prices are at something like 10 years lows and dropping further. When fuel prices go low you would expect consumer interest in electric cars to go down right? This is not what is happening at all.
Every major car maker and several brand new car makers as well as motorcycle manufacturers and even boat manufacturers are bringing electric version of these products to market and consumers are buying! Why?
Simple: Climate change is real and the impacts to our weather patterns are so obvious you would have to living in a cave not to notice. People are getting wise to the crap that comes out politicians mouths about the real dangers of our out of control climate and they want to do something about it.
It doesn’t hurt that electric vehicles are faster than combustion engine units and they are easier to integrate with other technologies such as self driving or autonomous car technology.
Electric vehicles go a long way to reducing our consumption of oil and gasoline but not so much in reducing atmospheric CO2 which is the cause of climate change, unless the electricity is made in a clean way. This means that to cleanly power all these electric vehicles we will need lots and lots of clean electricity. There are only two currently viable sources for clean electicity and they are wind and solar.
Wind energy is growing like crazy around the world and so is solar power. The price to generate clean electricity from both of these source is dropping rapidly. In fact wind energy generated electricity is now cheaper that grid power. Solar electricity from solar pv is right behind it and still dropping in price.
These realities will drive the solar energy industry to even more investment and that means careers and jobs! Keep an eye on this but don’t wait too long to make up your mind to join the solar energy workforce.