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As Coal Jobs Decline, Solar Sector Shines

The loss of jobs has stung as the coal industry has declined. Renewable power — especially solar — is now where the jobs are. Solar jobs outnumber those in coal, but coal jobs pay more.
A work crew for the Pittsburgh company Energy Independent Solutions installs solar panels at a community building in Millvale, Pa. Source: Reid Frazier

Craig Williams is still mining coal despite tough times for the business. "We're one of the last industries around and hope to keep it that way," he says in a breakroom at Consol Energy's Harvey mine, south of Pittsburgh.

The father of two — speaking in his dusty work jacket and a hard hat with headlamp — says coal is the best way he

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