solar roof installed in HawaiiWith the U.S. jobs growth numbers dismal this summer, the solar industry has proven to be a sunny spot of growth. Preliminary results of a new study from The Solar Foundation show that the solar industry continues to add jobs.

The solar industry employed 100,237 people as of August 2011. That’s up 6.8 percent over last year, when it employed roughly 93,000 workers. Since then, across all states and sectors of the industry, it’s added 6,735 new jobs.

The Foundation also reported that Installations of photovoltaic solar panels in the US rose 17 percent in the second-quarter, and was 69 percent higher than the same period in 2010.

(READ the story in Clean Energy Authority)

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