Posted on Jan 06, 2014
As reports are released and studies conducted we clearly see that the solar industry is creating jobs not just here in California, but all across the country. The green industry is growing very quickly and California is the focus of it in the US. In fact, California needs to produce 33% of its energy using renewable sources by 2020. Just recently California set an all-time solar record “when it registered 2,071 megawatts (MW) worth of solar electricity system-wide”. The good news, though, is that many of these jobs are right in our own backyard here in Sacramento.
News website Think Progress reports, “[A] Brookings Institution green jobs study [released in 2010]...found that the “clean economy” grew by 8.3 percent during the height of the U.S. economic downturn between 2008 and 2009 — almost double the overall economy during that period.” According to The Solar Foundation as of the end of 2012, there were over 43,700 solar jobs in California and 338,400 green jobs overall. In a stalling economy that is no small feat. But just what are solar jobs and who works in our industry?
Well, most people think of the contractors who install the solar panels on their homes. Yet, our industry is much larger than just that. The solar sphere, if you will, also includes:
The solar industry is reaching a tipping point where enough people are adopting the technology in such great numbers that the costs are going down and the amount of proof is going up: people want solar.
They want solar:
Solar is no longer the speculative, slowly-approaching "wave of the future". It's here today, succeeding, growing and thriving and that's a fact.