That’s a net gain 6,700 jobs in one year!
Don’t let the Solyndra talk fool you: The clean energy sector is still booming. And even booming industries — maybe especially booming industries — see a fair share of once-promising companies go belly up. It’s unfortunate that the Obama administration once touted Solyndra as an example of the fast-growing renewable power sector, but its bankruptcy is a poor reflection of the industry’s health as a whole. In fact, renewable energy remains one of the few sectors to see consistent growth over the last couple years.
A new report highlights that health, revealing that the solar industry employs over 100,000 people, and added over 6,700 jobs in the last 12 months alone…
- “As of August 2011, there are 100,237 solar workers in the U.S. in all 50 states.
- Across the solar supply chain, from installers to balance of system (BOS) manufacturers, to yes, even solar PV manufacturers, that’s a 6.8% growth rate since August 2010.
- In terms of exact numbers, there were net 6,735 new solar jobs created since August 2010.
- When I say, “net,” my sources tell me that these numbers also accurately include the recent job losses from Solyndra and Evergreen.”
6.8% growth is pretty fantastic for any sector. So take note: Despite a couple high-profile failures, the solar power industry is alive and well.