Solar energy is playing surprisingly well in conservative parts of the U.S.

Solar energy boosters have a lot to be happy about these days. The growth in their industry has been tremendous, so much so that proponents are now able to wave around some pretty impressive stats. Like this: There are now over 173,000 solar jobs in the United States.

But here’s a perhaps less appreciated reality – solar is also catching on in a lot of states that we don’t traditionally think of as being liberal, do-gooder territory.

That’s one upshot of a new report out from the Solar Foundation, which breaks down solar jobs on a state by state basis. When you look at it this way, then yes, liberal California is the titan: It has 54,690 solar workers now (as of late 2014), or nearly one third of the national total.


The above is an excerpt of Solar energy is playing surprisingly well in conservative parts of the U.S. by Chris Mooney for The Washington Post. Image Credit: The Solar Foundation.

Full Report here.

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