The United States economy is steadily growing and continues to add jobs to the job market. Many of these jobs come from harnessing the power that comes from the sun, as revealed by statistics from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). In 2016, for example, approximately 260,000 people worked in solar related industries. By 2021, the SEIA expects these numbers to increase to 360,000. That’s 100,000 more jobs in just five years!
Solar Energy Supports the Economy
When you install a solar pool heating system in preparation for spring, or solar electricity panels before the end of 2019 to take full advantage of the federal tax rebate, you are contributing to the growth of the solar industry in America. Your purchase directly supports the following workers:
- The professional designers, installers and staff at Solaron, right here in Sacramento;
- The plant workers in Oregon who make SunPower solar panels;
- The employees of SunPower and Heliocol, both with headquarters in California.
SunPower expects to see continued growth in the solar market, and is increasing their manufacturing capacity to meet the need. Thus, the solar panels and pool heating systems we install represent a portion of these 100,000 expected new jobs.
Coal Miners Find Work in the Solar Industry
Responding to the mechanical skills found in former coal miners, many manufacturers in the solar industry are building plants in the Appalachia area of the United States. As coal becomes more expensive to use as a fuel source, both from an environmental and economic perspective, workers from the mining industry become available for manufacturing and installation jobs related to solar energy. This is an excellent example of the type of transitions necessary to move towards 100% renewable energy nationwide.