U.S. solar energy jobs up 13 percent from 2011

Renewable energy projects are increasingly creating more jobs around the globe. Specifically in the United States, the number of jobs created by solar energy grew by 13.2 percent this year compared to last, according to the Cronkite News Service. The increase in solar energy jobs represents a growth rate nearly six times faster than the national average employment growth rate.

According to the National Solar Jobs Census 2012, there are near 120,000 people in the United States with jobs related to the solar energy industry. In 2011, there were just more than 105,000 workers in the industry. The rise in solar power installations over the past year helped the job numbers increase, said Andrea Luecke, director of the Solar Foundation.

"I would say the No. 1 reason that the solar industry is growing is because solar installations are booming," she said, in the article.

PV Tech reported that the solar energy industry grew nearly six times in value, with solar installations across the country amounting to $8.4 billion in 2011. The Energy Information Administration said 48 percent of solar energy industry jobs belong to installers and 25 percent are manufacturers.

PennEnergy's research area offers details on the solar industry in the United States.

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