06 May '12, 3am

REPORT: Thousands of Jobs Created from Solar Incentives

REPORT: Thousands of Jobs Created from Solar Incentives

At least that’s the gist of a new report from Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The study, “Assessment of Incentives and Employment Impacts of Solar Industry Deployment,” found that solar is on the same track that other energy sources in the U.S., like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy formerly took. But the report also found that solar has the potential to create more jobs than other energy sources on a per megawatt hour basis. “The study finds that solar could support 200,000 to 430,000 jobs across the United States by 2020 and from 240,000 to 965,000 jobs in 2030 (including direct, indirect, and induced jobs),” said report author Susan Schexnayder, a senior research associate at the university’s Human Dimensions Research Lab. “The low-end assumes the solar power in the U.S. grows at the same rate as the GNP ...

Full article: http://www.solarfeeds.com/report-thousands-of-jobs-create...

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