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Solar Means Jobs!

02/07/17

  09:47:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 328 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Ranting

Solar Means Jobs!

Solar means jobs!Our friends over at The Solar Foundation have just released their latest National Solar Jobs Census for 2016 and the results (as the infographic on the right demonstrates) are truly eye-popping!  Here’s our take.

While there was a great deal of talk about creating decent jobs for American workers during the past election campaign, the reality is that the solar industry is one of the most dynamic creator of jobs that cannot be sent overseas!  In fact, according to the Census, one out of every fifty jobs added in the United States during 2016 was created by the solar industry.  Moreover, 2016 was the fourth year in a row in which job growth exceeded 20%, year-on-year!

The 260,000 people employed by the solar industry represent more workers than in the natural gas industry, over twice as many as in coal, over three times that of wind energy, and almost five times the number employed in nuclear.  Only the oil/petroleum industry is ahead, but likely not for long.  (And seriously, who wouldn’t prefer to go to work in the solar industry than into the hell that is a coal mine?)

Compared to other high tech entities, the solar industry in the U.S. accounts for more jobs than Google, Facebook, and Microsoft combined—worldwide!  Nowhere is that job growth more explosive than right here in California, with solar jobs increasing by a staggering 32% from 75,598 in 2015 to 100,050 in 2016!  Moreover, these are good paying jobs, with the median salary for solar installers coming in at $25.96 per hour.

The solar industry has reached these levels thanks to the very hard work of many people who strive to make the industry better every day, and thanks to solar-friendly policies at both the state and federal levels.  Policy makers, from the President on down, should keep that in mind as they contemplate changes to energy policy.  Today, more than ever, Solar Means Jobs!

Check out The Solar Foundation’s cool video highlighting some of the many exciting developments in the solar industry!

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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