US solar industry thriving

The solar energy industry is thriving in the US, according to a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GMT Research.

There has been a 66% growth in solar electric capacity so far this year, with almost 3,000 megawatts installed across the US, enough to power 600,000 homes. The industry hopes to install 10 gigawatts by 2015, enough to power 2 million homes.

Statistics produced by the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Job Consensus showed that the industry is creating more jobs per megawatt than other energy source, with 93,000 Americans employed in the industry in 2010.