Seeing the Light: Solar Industry Set to Lead Job Growth in 2013
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States unemployment rate currently remains at a grim 7.8 percent. While many industries are being forced to downsize in tough economic times, the United States solar industry has seen a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the past 12 months as reported by The Solar Foundation.
This means that the solar industry has been responsible for 1 in every 230 jobs created nationally over the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Solar Foundation reports that the United States solar industry currently employs 119,016 Americans, with close to 14,000 of those added in the past year.
In response to this rapid growth, TerraSol Energies is committed to educating its customers on the benefits of solar power as well as students interested in learning more about the solar industry.
Popularity of Solar Energy
Photovoltaic (PV) systems, also known as solar electric systems, are a popular energy option for Americans. With the addition of federal tax credits, it’s a cost effective system that produces sustainable and clean energy. In most cases, home and business owners who go solar see a return on their investment within ten years.
Additionally, solar systems are virtually maintenance free, and most of the components come with up to a 30-year warranty.
“People like to do their part to help preserve the nation’s resources for their children and grandchildren,” Tony Taglione, Project Manager at TerraSol Energies said. “Plenty have told me they can’t wait to stick it to the electric company with lower electric bills.”
With an increased popularity in solar power comes a demand for trained solar specialists. At TerraSol Energies, specialists are required to have a four year engineering degree, and the job itself offers a great deal of project management experience.
Commitment to Education
As part of its commitment to education, TerraSol Energies recently worked with a local college student to educate him on solar powered battery systems and lent him materials for a school project.
“Renewable energy is relatively new to mainstream America so it’s important that companies such as TerraSol Energies helps support young students who are eager to learn more about the field,” Taglione said. Supporting the community and those in the community is important to our company.”
Solar specialists at TerraSol see educating customers as one of its primary goals. Even if a curious person has some questions about solar power, they can call without feeling pressured to buy a system. Sales people can answer many general questions over the phone and are always happy to set site assessment if a customer is interested in learning more.
“A well-educated customer is able to make a decision that is best for them and their family,” Taglione said.
Overall, the future of the solar industry is bright. Those looking for a job with a stable outlook that benefits the environment should learn more about the industry.