23 Apr '14, 12pm

The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream

In a recent report issued jointly by The Solar Foundation and Operation Free, it was revealed that U.S. military veterans may be in the best position to benefit from the DOD’s deepening investments in solar technology. A first of its kind report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future discovered that the percentage of veterans employed by the solar industry exceeds the percentage of veterans employed in other sectors of the economy. The U.S. solar industry — which has experienced a 20 percent spike in job numbers from last year — currently employs close to 143,000 individuals. Nearly 10 percent of those employed in the solar sector are military veterans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans make up only 7.6 percent of the overall U.S. workforce. Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, sees this as a beacon of h...

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