Why the rise in solar employment in the US?
According to the Department of Energy, the solar employment in the United States has grown 123 percent since 2010. In fact, solar energy accounts for 209,000 jobs today, and more people work in solar energy than on oil rigs. There’s no question that the solar energy sector has been a bright spot in the U.S. economy for the past few years.
Why the Increase in Solar Employment?
If you figured that solar energy employment has increased due to more demand, you’re right. Partly driving that demand is the fact that businesses and individuals alike are flocking to solar energy incentives and rebates. For example, there are built-in savings on your electricity bill, with the amount depending on the location and size of your house. The federal government also offers a 30 percent tax credit for those who switch to solar panels. Utility companies in Colorado provide rebates as well, although, again, it’s important to move quickly, as these are typically first come, first served. Furthermore, you could get $300 per solar energy referral you make that leads to an installation. Another piece of the puzzle comes in the form of affordable solar panel financing options. The result is customers who are able to save up to thousands of dollars a year while boosting the environment.
Another happy result is the increase in solar energy jobs. Colorado is one of those places tailor-made to take advantage of solar energy — it boasts 300 days of sunshine per year. Customers in the state benefit from solar savings, solar tax credits, utility solar rebates and solar energy company referral programs.
What Does the Demand for Solar Energy Mean for You?
There are two main takeaways from the boost in solar energy demand leading to increasing solar employment. First, there’s no time like the present to install solar panels. You’ll help the environment and save on your energy bill; the amount depends on the size and location of your house.
The second takeaway is that there has never been a better time to start looking into solar employment. As of December 2015, solar panel installers made $21 an hour, an increase of 5 percent from the previous year. You can work anywhere, too, not just in states blessed with year-round sun. For example, Massachusetts is the number-two state for solar jobs (after California), thanks to solar-friendly policies. So, even if you start working in Colorado and decide to move later on, solar energy is versatile enough to be an asset in your job search.