Happy Thanksgiving Day with Good News from the Solar Power Front

by Antonio Pasolini on November 22, 2012

Photo: Gehrlinger Solar

As we reported earlier this month, the Solar Foundation’s preliminary National Solar Jobs Census found indicated that U.S. solar industry employs 119,016 Americans, or an addition of 13,872 workers and a 13.2% employment growth rate over the previous year. Based on 2012 data collection, TSF also revised the 2011 total jobs number from 100,237 to 105,145.

The Solar Foundation now has released an updated report analyzing employment in the subsectors that make up the solar industry. Installation remained the largest subsector in terms of employment and added the most new jobs. Installers now employ 57,177 Americans, a 17.5 percent increase over the revised 2011 figure. Sales and distribution jobs experienced a 23.1 percent increase, now employing 16,005 Americans.

Respondents highlighted the role of government to achieve such growth, with strong federal policies being such as tax credits being pivotal. Decreasing solar prices also played a key role, as well as state-wise pro-solar policies, and leasing schemes.

“The National Solar Jobs Census 2012 illustrates that the solar industry, as a whole, is a dependable job creator and that solar employers are confident about growth in 2013,” said Andrea Luecke, TSF Executive Director. “The growth by installers, especially at larger firms, signals that this subsector is heading toward a period of consolidation and maturation on par with other successful industries at this stage of the growth curve.”

If you’re looking to make your Thanksgiving holiday more sustainable, forgo turkey (animal farming is a major cause of emissions) and have a vegan meal. Actress Alicia Silverstone has some great ideas on her website, the Kind Life.

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