California Has 25 Percent of all Solar Energy Jobs in US

October 17 00:00 2011

New York, October 17 ( – A new study has revealed that California has one in every four solar energy jobs in the US and that there is nationwide burgeoning growth in the clean-tech industry. According to the National Solar Jobs Census 2011, in the one-year period ended in August, job growth in the industry rose 6.8%. Moreover, a survey of solar employers shows employment will rise by 24% and that 24,000 jobs will be created during the next year.

The census, which is scheduled for release Monday by the Solar Foundation, a research and education organization in Washington, also showed that in August, California had an estimated 25,575 solar-related jobs out of 100,237 for all 50 states. The solar jobs tally in California was four times higher than the next highest state Colorado, which had 6,186 solar jobs. California is also the largest generator of electricity from both photovoltaic solar panels and concentrated solar power systems that use mirrors to create steam to run turbines, according to the study.

Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate for Environment California, said “This report shows that the solar industry is not only creating green jobs across California but that the industry is forecast to continue growing at a much faster pace than the overall U.S. economy. California industry and policymakers have a tremendous opportunity to build on this solid foundation and make solar a centerpiece of the state’s energy policy.”