You can’t turn on the news, tune into social media, or pick up a paper without seeing coverage about the merits of sustainability or warnings about the dangers of fossil fuels. Such headlines are only going to increase.
Green energy is energy produced from sources, such as water, sun, and wind, in a way that causes no harm to the environment. Unlike other power sources, coal, for instance, green energy sources can be constantly, quickly replenished. Plus, green energy does not produce greenhouse gas emissions, as is the case with fossil fuels, and it also reduces some types of air pollution.
You’re probably already familiar with some green energy sources – wind turbines, river dams, solar panels, to name a few.
Common forms include:
The environmental and economic benefits of green energy are as plentiful as its sources.
Electrical professionals already play a key role in the green energy movement, and this role will continue to develop in scope and frequency in the near future. Through the use of smart systems and technologies, electricians significantly contribute to energy efficiency. They:
Job opportunities are plentiful. In fact, according to WorkingNation.com, the supply of electricians cannot keep up with the demand for green energy projects. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 included a provision that incentivizes shifts to green energy. Within the first six months after its passage, 100,000 green jobs were created.
As we progress toward greener power solutions, innovations like electric vehicles and their powering stations will join recent ones.
Seasoned electricians can continue their career advancement by adding specializations in green energy to their tool belt (pun intended). And those just embarking on their electrical careers can specialize in green energy knowing their future will include a wealth of interesting, innovative, and non-stop work within the sustainable energy space.
Propel your career with Building Omaha. Applications are always open for established electricians and our apprenticeship program accepts applications year-round. So, don’t wait to start the future you want. Apply today!
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