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Who Is Winning at Solar Energy? Industry Updates from Around the U.S.

When the costs of solar tech go down, solar jobs go up.
Down goes the cost of solar energy technology. Chart from the U.S. Department of Energy

There’s never been a better time to look for jobs in the solar energy industry. The U.S. Department of Energy recently reported that its 2011 SunShot Initiative has been completed by 60% in 3 years. This means it’s nearly 2/3 of the way to its goal of achieving cost-competitive utility-scale photovoltaic energy in the U.S. The project was originally slated to take 10 years, but with 60% completion by year 3, it’s way ahead of schedule. Costs for installing solar voltaic panels have dropped significantly in the past 3 years, making the way for more widespread solar energy adoption – and potentially more jobs for solar technicians.

Talk about big solar projects! The biggest-ever military solar energy power plant was completed in Arizona last month, scoring a big win for the Air Force as the top military branch supporting solar energy, says CleanTechnica. That means the solar power plant at the Davis-Monahan Air Force Base lands the Air Force ahead of the Army, which also announced solar initiatives last week. 

If you’re investing your time and life in solar energy as a career choice, you’re definitely on the track to success. And if you’ve got stock in solar energy, you’re probably pretty happy right now. SolarEnergy.Net reports that stocks are rising in the solar energy industry, which means that even more solar jobs will follow.

Explore the future in solar jobs with Ecotech.