The good solar jobs news is only beginning. Employment in the solar industry increased 6.8% from August 2010 to August 2011 and is projected to increase another 24%, adding 24,000 jobs nationally over the next 12 months. See the Solar Job Census at http://thesolarfoundation.org/research/national-solar-jobs-census-2011.
The Solar Census found 100,237 solar jobs, with 50% of solar companies to add jobs and only 2.6% to cut them. Solar manufacturing jobs will increase 14%, installation positions 25%, and sales jobs 35%.
Utilities are increasingly part of the solar and renewable energy industries. Next year utilities project increasing their solar and renewable jobs by more than 10%.
California, Colorado, Arizona, and Pennsylvania lead the nation in solar jobs. Solar is booming globally and nationally. Pennsylvania has a position of solar leadership and can be part of this growth, but neglect of this opportunity will mean solar job loss here and bigger growth elsewhere.