Solar Energy creates Jobs in the U.S.

A report released October 17, 2011 by the Solar Foundation and Green LMI ranks the top 5 states for businesses dedicated to the industry. The industry totals 100,237 jobs in the U.S., up from about 93,000 in 2010.

  • #5 New York reported 4,279 jobs
  • #4 Pennsylvania reported 4,703 jobs
  • #3 Arizona reported 4,786 jobs
  • #2 Colorado reported 6,186 jobs
  • #1 California reported 25,575 jobs

"WaterShed" Project by University of Maryland Wins 2011 Solar Decathlon

Watershed solar home. Watershed-solar building. The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, won the 2011 Solar Decathlon with their project "Watershed". The field was 18 other collegiate teams. The goal was to build an aesthetically pleasing, architecturally innovative and well-engineered energy efficient living space that generates its energy from solar power.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event will take place in 2013. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.

Besides top-ranked University of Maryland, three more designs in the top 5 were from U.S. colleges; Purdue University, Middlebury College, and Ohio State University.

Find Your Tax Credits, Rebates, & Savings at the DOE

Under its Public Services heading the Department of Energy provides a robust, sortable list of tax credits, rebates and savings for all types of renewable energy projects. Visitors are able to sort the results for the type of project, eligibility and provider.

Solar panels.