28 Jan '14, 2pm

The US #solar industry added 24,000 additional #jobs in 2013. #energy @spotHunter @Solarserver

The Solar Foundation (Washington D.C.) has released a new study which finds that the U.S. solar industry employed 143,000 Americans in 2013, an increase of 24,000 over the previous year. This is a 20% increase, much faster than the nation's average employment growth rate of 1.9%. The National Solar Jobs Census also finds that employers are optimistic about 2014, and expect to add another 22,000 jobs over the coming year. The report's findings were praised by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “This is an exciting time for the solar industry in the United States, made even more clear by the latest industry job figures,” said the Secretary. Installers dominate employment The study found that installers added the most solar workers over the last year, with 12,500 new workers. It also found that the average installer wages is USD 23.63 per hour, which contrasts the rise of lo...

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