17 Oct '11, 10pm

Solar Employment Soars As Economy Lags

You may hear about the dearth of "green jobs," but statistics show that solar jobs are rising, even as the overall economy lags. As of August, there are 100,237 solar jobs across all 50 states in over 5000 companies. Despite the hoopa around Solyndra , the US solar industry is gaining a greater share of the global market and is an economic bright spot in an otherwise sour economy. The US is poised to install 1,750 megawatts of solar PV in 2011, double last year's total and enough to power 350,000 homes. 100,237 jobs as of August 2011, according to The Solar Foundation's "National Solar Jobs Census 2011: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce." The survey examines employment along the solar value chain and includes data from more than 2,100 solar companies. 6.8% growth from August 2010- August 2011 6,735 new solar jobs created from August 2010 - August 2011 in all 50 states T...

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