Solar Beats Steel?

Jun 17 2011 @ 8:49am

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Stephen Lacey welcomes growth in U.S. solar jobs:

With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs, the American solar industry now employs about 20,000 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector. The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country’s industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy.

Germany is also pulling ahead with more than 100,000 workers employed in the solar PV industry alone. A reader at Clean Technica points out:

The US has about 312 million people while Germany has 82 million, about 25% as many people…. That makes the German solar industry more than four times as large an employer than US steel based on country size.

the US has about 312 million people while Germany has 82 million, about 25% as many people…. That makes the German solar industry more than four times as large an employer than US steel based on country size.”

Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/12Daw)

the US has about 312 million people while Germany has 82 million, about 25% as many people…. That makes the German solar industry more than four times as large an employer than US steel based on country size.”

Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/12Daw)

Sarah Laskow has more on Google's $280 million investment in SolarCity, a company that installs and takes on the risk of residential-scale solar panels.