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.

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

Whitepapers

How Mobility Can Drive Shorter Estimated Time for Restorations (ETRs)

Utilities must be prepared to deal with storms, floods, and other catastrophic events that are to...

Rise of the Machines- how to make a successful smart meter roll out

Installation of smart meters is a growing global trend in the utilities industry. By 2020, it is ...

Improve accuracy & reduce your lease operating expense

In this whitepaper, we will address both the technical approach to achieving the highest possible...

Substation Communications Design Legacy to IEC 61850 Best Practices

Two trends, the migration of the electrical grid to the “Smart Grid” and the adoption of Ethernet...

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>

Technical Digest

 

Archived Articles

PennEnergy Articles
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

OGJ Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

OGFJ Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Engineering Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Engineering Intl Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

Utility Products Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

HydroWorld Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

COSPP Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013

ELP Articles
2011 | 2012 | 2013