Study: US solar industry to create more jobs in 2011
This expected 12-month growth rate is significantly higher than the US economy-wide expectation of two percent growth over the same period.
The countryâ€™s solar-related job market has increased by 67 percent in value to $6 billion in 2010 and contributed a 2.8 percent GDP growth to the economy.
Highly optimistic about their revenue growth, the countryâ€™s solar firms are adding jobs at a pace that is much faster than the general economy.
Colorado is one of the only states in the country to see an increase in manufacturing jobs in 2011 because renewable energy and solar manufacturing plants have moved into the state.
Hilda Solis, US Secretary of Labor, said: â€œAmong other things, this study shows that investments made through the Recovery Act - including the $2.3 billion in tax credits to US based clean energy manufacturing - are already generating positive results.
â€œThe solar energy sector is an increasingly important source of good jobs for Americans. Fostering the growth of this emerging industry will help protect our environment, ensure the US remains competitive in the global economy, and offer great opportunities for the nation's working families.â€
Rhone Resch, CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said: â€œI am thrilled to announce that the solar energy industry is now the fastest growing industry in America. But the good news doesn't stop there. Statistics show that for every job created by the solar PV industry, between 1.8 and 2.8 jobs are created in other segments of the economy.â€
In a study titled the National Solar Jobs Census 2010 by The Solar Foundation, data showed that as of August 2010, the US solar industry employed an estimated 93,500 solar workers (which is roughly double the number of solar workers estimated in 2009).
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