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US Solar Jobs Census: Interview about the new report

Andrea Luecke, executive director of The Solar Foundation, discusses the organization’s solar job census report, “The National Solar Jobs Census,” which it released at Solar Power International 2010.

(October 14, 2010) — Andrea Luecke, executive director of The Solar Foundation, discusses the organization’s solar job census report, “The National Solar Jobs Census,” which it released at Solar Power International 2010. The report found that over half of solar employers expect to increase their workforce in the next 12 months. Additionally, ~30% of all private sector solar employers are found in CA or HI, and just over half are found in the Western United States. Helping to fuel the expansion is the $600M in tax credits received by solar manufacturers in 2009.

Wrapping up the discussion, Luecke comments on how a region’s dependence on oil production/refining drives the growth or lack thereof of solar PV. She notes that regions of the U.S. are uniting to push solar jobs.

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Luecke references the Schott Solar Barometer and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports in this discussion.

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Luecke isn’t the only one talking about jobs at Solar Power International this week. The show includes a jobs fair, and in his opening keynote, Rhone Resch of SEIA said that, by 2015, “We [can] create 220,000 new solar jobs for our families and neighbors while supporting half a million more jobs in other industries.” Resch also noted that in the next 12 months many more solar jobs are coming online, which proves the economic case for solar. Also read:  Solar will be number-one power source in US: SEIA keynote from SPI

Similarly, Pat Agudow, VP, administration, public and government relations at Opel Solar, says that “solar energy equals jobs. Jobs for Americans. When we put in about a MW of [solar] power, we’re hiring from 100 to 200 new jobs, all along the food chain, from the engineering innovation right down to the installers on the solar fields, and the truck drivers…” You can listen to her full update on government lobby initiatives in the podcast: 

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