Employment is booming in the U.S. solar industry
In President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, he mentioned the U.S. was a leader in the solar industry. Politics aside, that statement is absolutely true. With ever increasing interest in the benefits of solar energy, and the decreasing costs and support for installation, it truly is a no-brainer for many Americans. There is yet another upside as this artcle points out, it creates jobs. Skilled laborers ar needed to install the solar technology, electritians are needed to connect it to the home, the full range of office workers are needed to support, schedule, and manage the finances of the installation, helping the customer make the transition to solar, and guiding them through the tax incentives.
Yes, there is a definite environmental reason to go solar, but there is a pragmatic economical reason as well.
Almost 174,000 people work in the U.S. solar energy industry. (Rick Scuteri/AP)
The U.S. solar industry continues to expand, with its workforce growing by 22 percent in the past year, according to a report the Solar Foundation released Thursday. Since 2010 solar employment has almost doubled from 93,000 jobs to 173,807.
“It’s just really indicative of a very strong, increasingly mature, increasingly specialized and consolidated and global industry,” said Andrea Luecke, executive director of the Solar Foundation.
Almost 90 percent of the new solar jobs in 2014 came in the installation sector. Americans are turning to solar power for environmental as well as economic reasons. The costs of solar panels have fallen dramatically, and third-party financing and leases have made switching to solar power even more appealing.
“That has made it a no-brainer for a lot of people to go solar,” Luecke said. “If you can get solar installed on your roof for zero down and pay less than what you’re currently paying your utility and not have to worry about maintenance, it’s a pretty easy sell.”…