Sun Shines on Solar Employment

A picture taken on November 20, 2013 shows solar panels rotating with the sun at the site of the Microsol project in the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) research center of Cadarache in the French southeastern city of Saint-Paul-les-Durance. The Microsol project will produce electricity and drinking water locally through a solar thermal plant. The objective of Microsol is to convert solar heat into electrical energy without using batteries : the heat is stored in the form of hot water at low pressure. 
National Journal
Clare Foran
Jan. 27, 2014, 7:39 a.m.

Jobs in the sol­ar in­dustry grew faster than em­ploy­ment in the eco­nomy as a whole last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased Monday by the Sol­ar Found­a­tion, an edu­ca­tion and re­search non­profit.

The found­a­tion’s Na­tion­al Sol­ar Jobs Census 2013 finds that sol­ar em­ploy­ment in­creased by nearly 20 per­cent last year, while the na­tion­al job-growth rate was only 1.9 per­cent. The census found that more than 142,000 Amer­ic­ans are work­ing in the do­mest­ic sol­ar in­dustry.

The census is the fourth in­stall­ment of a sol­ar-jobs tally re­leased by the Sol­ar Found­a­tion each year. It was cre­ated through re­search un­der­taken by the or­gan­iz­a­tion and pub­lic-opin­ion re­search firm BW Re­search Part­ner­ship to meas­ure sol­ar job growth from Septem­ber 2012 to Novem­ber 2013. The sur­vey of 2,081 sol­ar com­pan­ies has a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or minus 1.3 per­cent­age points.

Sol­ar ad­voc­ates poin­ted to the census as proof of the in­dustry’s abil­ity to bol­ster the do­mest­ic eco­nomy.

“The sol­ar in­dustry’s job-cre­at­ing power is clear,” said An­drea Luecke, the group’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or and pres­id­ent. “For the fourth year run­ning, sol­ar jobs re­main well paid and at­tract highly skilled work­ers. That growth is put­ting people back to work and help­ing loc­al eco­nom­ies.”

A day ahead of the State of the Uni­on ad­dress, the En­ergy De­part­ment also seized on the num­bers as a chance to tout the pres­id­ent’s clean-en­ergy agenda.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time for the sol­ar in­dustry in the United States, made even more clear by the latest in­dustry job fig­ures,” En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz said in a state­ment. “Pres­id­ent Obama has set an am­bi­tious goal to double elec­tri­city gen­er­a­tion from re­new­able sources once again by 2020, and a vi­brant U.S. work­force is vi­tal to achiev­ing this.”

MOST READ
What We're Following See More »
PROCEDURES NOT FOLLOWED
Trump Not on Ballot in Minnesota
3 days ago
THE LATEST
MOB RULE?
Trump on Immigration: ‘I Don’t Know, You Tell Me’
3 days ago
THE LATEST

Perhaps Donald Trump can take a plebiscite to solve this whole messy immigration thing. At a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity last night, Trump essentially admitted he's "stumped," turning to the audience and asking: “Can we go through a process or do you think they have to get out? Tell me, I mean, I don’t know, you tell me.”

Source:
BIG CHANGE FROM WHEN HE SELF-FINANCED
Trump Enriching His Businesses with Donor Money
5 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Donald Trump "nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign." A campaign spokesman "said the increased office space was needed to accommodate an anticipated increase in employees," but the campaign's paid staff has actually dipped by about 25 since March. The campaign has also paid his golf courses and restaurants about $260,000 since mid-May.

Source:
QUESTIONS OVER IMMIGRATION POLICY
Trump Cancels Rallies
5 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump probably isn't taking seriously John Oliver's suggestion that he quit the race. But he has canceled or rescheduled rallies amid questions over his stance on immigration. Trump rescheduled a speech on the topic that he was set to give later this week. Plus, he's also nixed planned rallies in Oregon and Las Vegas this month.

Source:
‘STRATEGY AND MESSAGING’
Sean Hannity Is Also Advising Trump
6 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump's Fox News brain trust keeps growing. After it was revealed that former Fox chief Roger Ailes is informally advising Trump on debate preparation, host Sean Hannity admitted over the weekend that he's also advising Trump on "strategy and messaging." He told the New York Times: “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. I never claimed to be a journalist.”

Source:
×