The solar industry added a new solar job every 10 minutes last year, bringing the workforce to a whopping 260,000 U.S. solar jobs. More than a quarter million workers across all 50 states are busy building a better energy future for all of us. Solar is now the 2nd largest employer in the energy sector, employing more Americans than coal or natural gas. You can download the entire report here:
There is more speculation, more rumors, more nervous people in the renewable energy field right now then ever before in our history. It is refreshing this week to hear of some positive forward thinking in the midst of all the angst. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy boldly announced it’s commitment for it’s SunShot Inititive to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This is a new target continuing SunShot Initiative’s progress in helping the solar industry reach more than 90% of the initiative’s established 2020 goal in just five years. This includes brand new funding opps that will push the cost of solar even further down. Three cheers for the Department of Energy!
Mr. Van Nostrand raises some very good points about a growing concern. It seems to be that when solar was a fairly new technology that installers took their time to really do a good job. However, now that solar is become so competitive and mainstream that we seem to be loosing that personal touch of real quality work. All of us in this field need to be continually mindful of providing quality service to our customers.Read Mr. Van Nostrand’s article here.
One of the most important drivers of the economy is jobs. And today with many jobs going overseas Americans need to create more and better jobs for today’s workers. In this week’s Poughkeepsie Journal I had the opportunity to write a column regarding this very issue. Clean energy is one of the answers to this lagging jobs market, very simply clean energy creates clean energy jobs. Clean Energy jobs are at a all time high growth rate, outpacing many other sectors.
The entire nation seems to be going crazy for solar energy! Just a few states are left that have made major strides in solar! Read here!
This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere. Kind of like community solar model gone wild. It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be. OK, lots of people will be cynical watching the video, but it is the dreamers who initiate changes in civilizations. Watch video here!
Wow, what a cool idea! And really such a simple idea. Surprised we haven’t been doing this for years!
Read here about it on Energy.gov
The switch to clean energy can be fast and even cheap according to Scientific America. It is simply a matter of strategic placement of solar and wind farms across the United States. The key word here is “strategic”.
Cheap and Fast – Read Here!