Friday, February 27, 2015

NY State now 4th in U.S. solar energy jobs

Here we go again, again: with something over 7,000 jobs directly attributable to solar energy in New York State, 2100 added in 2014 alone, the state appears ready to turn solar energy into a real business, finally.  We were following earlier efforts, and it's good to see what looks like a major corner being turned.

From The Solar Foundation (an independent, strategic research nonprofit in D.C., begun in 1977):

"Solar is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in the U.S. today. Accounting for 50 percent of new generation capacity in 2014 in the U.S., the sleeping giant of solar energy is most decidedly waking. The solar industry currently employs nearly 174,000 Americans and contributes almost $15 billion to the U.S. economy."

Relevant fun facts from the Solar Energy Industries Association:

•  In 2014, more than a third of all new electric capacity was solar. At that rate, a new panel is installed approximately every three minutes; the one-millionth solar panel will likely be installed this year.

•  over 17,500 MW of cumulative solar electric capacity is operating in the U.S., enough to power more than 3.5 million average American homes.

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