Breaking news: Over the weekend, sources from The Solar Foundation gave me some early numbers from the 2011 National Solar Jobs Census. There will be more data released at Solar Power International 2011 in Dallas, but here’s the early scoop:
Now, 6.8% job growth would be great for any industry in any year, but let’s put that in perspective of the overall economy:
According to Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc’s EMSI Complete Employment, 2011.3 report, during the same period, from August 2010 to August 2011, the overall economy grew by 0.7%, giving a net increase of 1,219,347 new jobs economy wide, including the solar sector, of course.
More than Just a Solar Morale Booster
This solar jobs census data is more than just a morale boost to solar industry after the recent bankruptcies of Solyndra and Evergreen. These numbers are also a reflection that Obama’s clean energy initiatives have been and are working to grow jobs and the economy.
As Congress debates about what to do about growing more jobs in America, here’s data that says the President’s vision for green jobs is working. It would be short term thinking indeed for Congress to stop this momentum now.
In fact, the President, the Department of Energy, and the U.S. Military have all been thinking long term, and rightfully so. The 6.8% single-year growth in solar jobs not only helps our immediate economy, it contributes to safe energy, it contributes to cleaner air, and it contributes to American energy independence.
As a nation, we have to stop the exclusive short-term energy thinking. For long and short-term thinking, strong solar policies mean:
No other fossil fuel energy source that we know today can include all of those benefits above. Everything I’ve listed is available today and is only going to improve and get less expensive, with or without good solar policies. However…
It will happen faster with good solar policies. And isn’t that what 94% Americans want?
If you’re one of those 94%, I hope you’ll share this post with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and any other social network. This data is only good news, it's important news for today and, hopefully, for many years to come.
Thanks for reading, and as always, UnThink Solar.
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