Solar Energy Jobs Outpace U.S. Economy

Tonight, during the State of the Union address, President Obama will reflect back on the past seven years of his presidency and celebrate his Administration’s accomplishments — and when it comes to solar energy, the Obama Administration has plenty to celebrate. U.S. solar energy capacity has grown thirtyfold since President Obama took office. And in just the first nine months of 2015, solar accounted for 31 percent of all new electric generating capacity. Across the United States, there are now nearly one million solar energy projects operating. All told, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars per year on their electricity bills. And rooftop solar customers can expect to see savings every year for the 30-plus years their solar system is in service. These savings are bolstered by a skilled, thriving workforce that is also growing at an impressive rate. www.energy.gov

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