Welcome to the Solar Generation

by Nick Livermore

We came across this great video showcasing solar energy across the country. Blake & Company produced the video for the Solar Energy Industries Association. You’ve watched the video and now a word from the SEIA:

Following the sun across the nation, we’re seeing first-hand how solar is working for America and meeting today’s solar generation: the project developers, manufacturers, installers and of course, the clients – the people who are using solar power in its various forms for their homes, businesses and public buildings.

It’s amazing to see how widespread solar energy has become from New England, across the Midwest to the West Coast. Going solar saves clients money on their utility bills, reduces harmful pollution and increases our energy independence. And solar is putting Americans back to work too, from factory workers to plumbers, electricians and construction workers. Visit www.solargenerationusa.org

In 2010, the cost of solar came down 20 percent. According to the latest U.S. Solar Market InsightTM report published by SEIA and GTM Research, the U.S. solar energy industry continued to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy in the first quarter of 2011. In total, cumulative grid-connected solar electric installations have reached more than 2.85 gigawatts (GW), enough to power nearly 600,000 U.S. homes. The Solar Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) research and public education nonprofit that promotes the use of solar energy to help meet the world’s energy needs, published the National Solar Jobs Census in 2010 providing an in-depth look at the U.S. solar workforce.

Interested in learning more about solar? Head to www.seia.org, where you can learn everything from how to go solar, how to help Americans go solar, and how to find a job in the solar industry.”

It’s especially encouraging to see people from all walks of life embracing renewable and clean energy. One would hope that the initiative continues to gain momentum and we see more solar panels being put to use. Have you noticed solar panels or wind generators pop up recently in your area? Leave a comment below!

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