28 Jan '14, 1pm

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With a solar system installed every four minutes in the U.S., it shouldn't come as a surprise that the industry is adding a lot of new jobs in the process. The Solar Foundation released top-level findings of its latest solar jobs census yesterday, finding that there are 142,698 jobs throughout the industry. That's a 20 percent increase since 2012 -- a jump driven both by growth in installations and new categories for academic and research jobs. With 24,000 new jobs added last year alone, the industry is growing at roughly ten times the rate of the broader economy. "This is very real and tangible growth," said Andrea Luecke, executive director of the Solar Foundation, on a press call. "The vast majority are new jobs." Two-thirds of the jobs tracked were new, meaning they didn't come from companies shifting existing employees into the solar business. Solar firms were adding ...

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