At a national level, the solar industry added nearly 14,000 new jobs in 2012, a 13% growth rate over 2011 — 5 times the job growth rate of the overall economy. Last year, “the top ten states for solar jobs were: California, Arizona, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New York, Texas, Michigan, and Ohio.” It is no coincidence that “the top three states for jobs are also the leaders in 2012 installed capacity.” Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association noted: “Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, providing nearly 120,000 good-paying US jobs. Since 2008, the US solar energy industry has been growing due to rising demand, falling costs and new financing options. Since 2008, the amount of solar power has increased six-fold, enough to power more than 1.2 million American homes. The cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent since 2011 alone, making solar more affordable. In order to create new jobs, foster innovation and ensure future US prosperity, we must expand our commitment to using clean, renewable energy sources in the US and worldwide.
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Fast-Growing U.S. Solar Industry Now Employs Over 119,000 Led By California, Arizona And New Jersey http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/19/1895561/fast-growing-us-solar-industry-now-employs-over-119000-americans/