18 Oct '11, 3pm

Solar Industry Sees Market Growth, Bright Days Ahead

Solar Industry Sees Market Growth, Bright Days Ahead

Despite the infamous factory closing by Solyndra -- and subsequent political fallout -- the solar industry as a whole grew 6.8 percent nationally in the 12-month period that ended in August. This growth compared to an overall U.S. job growth of less than 1 percent for the same period, according to a report released today by the Solar Foundation. The National Solar Jobs Census 2011 , a survey of solar employers, found growth in all solar market sectors, including manufacturing, installation, residential, commercial and large-scale power generation. Industry momentum is expected to continue with a predicted market growth of 24 percent, creating 24,000 jobs in the next year, with nearly half of solar firms expected to add jobs. The Census identified more than 17,000 solar employment sites and 100,237 solar jobs in all 50 states. California continued to be the national leader ...

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