Look outside Asia. Who is investing in Africa? yep. China. They build roads, rail lines, power networks, in return for the coltan.
GE as an IPR company doesn't need the same number of people as GE as a build-and-ship company. GE will continue to exist as a bespoke engineering design entity. Maybe GE is becoming ARUP?
IPR: Intellectual property rights.
ARUP: I presume the Arup Group, as Wikipedia says: "a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment."
And China has another huge advantage: NO income taxes. This means they can pay much lower wages. This advantage becomes multiplicative because those companies and employees can then buy from others in their country who don't pay income taxes either, so every dollar spent goes further, at least in their country.
They do have some huge Sales taxes on luxury goods, sometimes 100% to 200% of the value of the good: especially luxury cars.
The ways you increase workers take home pay through tax reform are:
(1) reduce taxes workers pay on labor income (either income taxes or employee-share payroll taxes), or
(2) reduce taxes businesses pay for hiring workers (employer share of payroll taxes).
The latter is also how you increase before-tax employee pay through tax reform, since for the same total cost the employer can pay a higher nominal wage.
In reality, they will hire if increased demand for their goods or services requires more people to produce them.
Obviously it hasn't worked out well. Most large-cap corps have more cash than they need for investment, they just are holding onto it.
Non-thermal renewables (wind, water, PV) have zero overlap with those techniques. Wind turbines are slow runners, as are water turbines. PV has no moving parts. Only STE is, or can be, a kind of thermal plant, just with a different steam generator.
Given the large unaccounted footprint ("Oh just look how low the carbon dioxide footprint is!") of PV production, STE is probably a rather good idea in comparison.