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.
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.
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.