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Solar Job Census

On November 14th, 2012, The Solar Foundation released its third annual National Solar Jobs Census report.

This found that the U.S. solar industry currently employs 119,016 Americans.

This figure represents the addition of 13,872 new solar workers and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the past 12 months.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the overall economy grew at a rate of 2.3 percent during the same period, signifying that 1 in 230 jobs created nationally over the last year were created in the solar industry.

The report, produced by The Solar Foundation and in partnership with BW Research and Cornell University, was released at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference in Albany, NY.

The  Solar  Foundation,  an  independent  501 nonprofit,  non-lobbying  organization focused on solar research and education, recognized the informational gap and collaborated with BW Research Partnership, Cornell University, and others to construct an accurate picture of domestic solar employment.

Eighty-six percent of the nearly 14,000 new solar workers added since August 2011 represent new jobs, rather than existing positions that have added solar responsibilities. Installers added the most solar workers over the past year, more than offsetting declines in manufacturing. Solar employment is expected to grow by 17.2% over the next 12 months, representing the addition of approximately 20,000 new solar workers.

The solar industry has grown from a niche market to a mainstream energy source. By working together to support the continued growth of solar energy this is an excellent opportunity to boost the struggling economy in the U.S. and reduce fossil fuel dependence. With continued support from the people and their ability to learn new technologies the solar job fields will continue to grow.

The only concern hindering the ability to create even more jobs is the lack of knowledge for the consumer of the availability of solar products.

Hopefully this will expand in the near future.

Source The Solar Foundation


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