California now has more solar workers than actors and that there are more solar jobs in Texas than there are ranchers
Woodland Hills, California (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
Solar Center of Woodland Hills California, made the stunning announcement Monday that California, Hollywood’s home state, boasted 43,700 paying jobs in the solar industry in 2012, versus only 32,300 paid actors. Texas checked in with 3,200 solar jobs, compared to the state’s 2,410 ranchers. Across the United States, 119,000 Americans held jobs in the solar industry in 2012, versus only 87,500 in the coal mining industry.
Solar Center of Woodland Hills noted the Solar Foundation (TSF) in making this amazing announcement on Monday. The TSF compiled a 2012 survey of solar jobs in the United States, and just released the numbers via a new interactive map.
Solar Center of Woodland Hill’s announcement regarding the TSF’s findings contains further details:
“In comparing our estimates with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we find that California now has more solar workers than actors and that there are more solar jobs in Texas than there are ranchers. Economies of scale are also making our industry more labor efficient, requiring only one-third the number of workers to install a megawatt of solar today as it did in 2010,” said Andrea Luecke, Solar Foundation Executive Director.
The top ten states for solar jobs in 2012 were: California, Arizona, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New York, Texas, Michigan, and Ohio. In comparing solar employment estimates from today’s release with previous state figures that examined solar jobs in only a few states, six states – California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, and New York – are in the top ten for the third year in a row. Many of the highest-ranked solar jobs states are also those with the greatest cumulative installed capacity in the nation.
The study also determined that several of the top ten states — New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Ohio — actually rank in the bottom 30 percent of states in terms of available sunlight.
Skeptics might consider that evidence of an artificial market created through government intervention, but then our national failure to properly price carbon emissions and natural capital is massively subsidizing non-renewable power in the opposite direction.
Other facts the study dug up included a 13.2 percent job growth rate in the solar industry from 2011 to 2012 — which added almost 14,000 jobs — versus a mere 2.3 percent growth rate in the overall economy. 86 percent of those were 14,000 were entirely new jobs, as opposed to previously existing positions that simply added on solar components. And finally, another 17.2 percent job growth rate is expected in the industry for this year, meaning another 20,000 jobs.
Solar Center of Woodland Hills is the leading supplier of Sun Power solar energy systems in Southern California. They can be contacted directly at (877) 20-Solar or by visiting http://www.gosolarcenter.com/