US Solar Energy Industry

When you look at the solar energy industry as a whole, you see a strong American industry!

100,237: Total workers in the US solar energy industry. (Source: The Solar Foundation, http://bit.ly/qvk7fH)

7,000: Number of megawatts of solar energy that can be generated on military installation rooftops in the Mojave Desert. (Source: US Department of Defense,http://bit.ly/LreMXt)
75%: Drop in price of polysilicon, a key component of photovoltaic solar panels, since 2008. (Source: Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, http://bit.ly/LaOjNf)
20%: Decline in average installed cost of solar in the U.S. in 2011. (Source: Solar Energy Industries Association,http://bit.ly/xEPsn7)
33%: Projected decline of installed costs for solar PV system by 2021. (Source: CleanEdge, http://bit.ly/xXtqxH)
109%: The growth of U.S. solar photovoltaic installations in 2011. (Source: Solar Energy Industries Association,http://slidesha.re/AuCU8p)
$300 million: General Electric’s investment in a new solar panel factory in Aurora, CO, expected to create 355 advanced technology jobs in the state. (Source: GE,http://invent.ge/L946Pa)
$800 billion – $1.2 trillion: Expected global investment in solar in next decade. (Source: McKinsey & Company,
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