Solar power, wind and hydropower will create more than 300,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in the United States and Mexico, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
That number is up from an estimated 60,000 in 2015.
Solar energy has become an increasingly popular way to meet the nation’s energy needs, with more than 30 percent of U.S. homes now connected to the grid.
But solar energy can also have serious environmental consequences.
The nation’s largest U.N. panel maker, Enermax, says it is taking action to minimize the environmental impacts of the technology.
And while the solar industry has emerged as a major contributor to the growth of renewable energy, its impact is already evident in Mexico, where the country’s solar industry contributes about 10 percent of total annual emissions.
Solar energy, which produces its power from sunlight, is also a major source of greenhouse gases, including methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Mexico, which has been the world leader in solar energy and a major producer of natural gas, has been taking steps to reduce its emissions.
In 2017, Mexico launched a pilot program to increase the efficiency of its electricity distribution network.
Enermina, a subsidiary of Mexico’s state-owned power company, Energias PdVSA, also announced plans to install solar photovoltaic panels on a 100-year-old building in the state of Puebla.
The program, dubbed the “Puebla solar initiative,” is expected to help Mexico achieve a renewable energy goal of 40 percent by 2035.