Solar jobs growth hot in Utah, more than twice national average

Trump's energy plan doesn't mention solar, an industry that just added 51000 jobs

The U.S. solar industry employed 260,077 workers past year, a almost 25% increase in the number of jobs from 2015.

SC now has 2,772 solar workers, up from 1,764 in 2015.

The National Solar Jobs Census 2016, the seventh annual report on solar employment issued by the foundation, says installed solar capacity is projected to grow a record 14 gigawatts in 2016, nearly double the 7.5 GW growth experienced in 2015.

Nationally, the industry saw 25 percent growth in solar jobs previous year, with more than 260,000 Americans now working in the solar sector, up from 208,859 in 2015.

California has the highest number of solar jobs.

According to the Washington Post, over half of the 51,000 jobs added are in solar panel installation, particularly for residential usage, which might indicate that more Americans have grown comfortable with embracing solar.

"More than ever, it's clear that solar energy is a low-priced, reliable, super-abundant American energy source that is driving economic growth, strengthening businesses, and making our cities smarter and more resilient". Employers polled in the census expect another 10 percent increase this year, for a total of 286,335 solar workers. This year Holyoke Gas & Electric's solar will more than double with four projects totaling 8.3 megawatts, the newsletter said.

The plunging cost of solar power is leading USA electric companies to capture more of the sun just when President Donald Trump is moving to boost coal and other fossil fuels.

The rise in popularity of solar energy hasn't just created new jobs across the state, but it's resulting in savings for homeowners and municipalities.

But the solar industry faces an uncertain future in the U.S.

Approximately 41% of the 260,077 jobs were mostly in the residential market segment, while 28% were in commercial and 31% were in utility-scale project development. "Unsubsidized utility-scale development costs are at parity with natural gas in many states", the Foundation says, which should keep demand for those kinds of projects strong, especially in states with renewable energy portfolio targets to hit, like in California or NY. Most of the jobs in solar come from installation, so they are not permanent.

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