Even a recession can’t stop the sunshine. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)’s recent report on the solar market, the home solar sector doubled in size last year. Released yesterday, the SEIA’s new report, “US Solar Industry: Year in Review 2009,” home solar installations made up most of the 37% growth in total installations over 2008. Furthermore, the SEIA predicts that the residential solar sector will only grow this coming year, calling 2010 a “banner year for solar growth in the U.S.”
This means good news for the recession as well. As more and more homes need home solar power installations, more clean, green jobs will be created. For every six homes that get home solar electric systems, one local, clean, green American job is created. Currently, solar has supported around 46,000 jobs in the country, and that number is likely to surpass 60,000 by the end of the year. It’s clear that the health of our national economy is closely intertwined with the growth of our residential solar power market.
Sunshine is already an integral part of our lives, but it has become an even more important part of our homes.