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November 21, 2012

New Report Charts Dynamic, Steady Growth of the U.S. Solar Jobs Market

A new report released on November 16 by the Solar Foundation tracks the steady growth of America's solar jobs market over the past 12 months. Now in its third iteration, the 2012 National Solar Jobs Census finds that the solar industry is one of the fastest growing job markets in the country—employing more than 119,000 skilled solar workers and growing at an annual rate of 13.2%.

Energy Department-supported research and development (R&D) remains one of the most important factors driving the steady expansion of the U.S. solar jobs sector. In the latest round of SunShot Incubator projects on November 16, the Department will invest in 10 innovative small businesses to accelerate the transfer of solar energy technology from the lab to the marketplace. These projects aim to significantly reduce the cost of solar energy systems for American homes and businesses—creating new jobs and market opportunities in the process.

As a result of consistent federal policy, the Administration's sustained commitment to R&D, and the significant decline in prices for solar energy products, the Solar Foundation projects continued robust growth for the solar jobs market over the coming year. For the complete story, see the Energy Blog.