Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Solar Jobs To Jump 24% Nationally

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.

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