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Glowing future of solar energy: California, Massachusetts lead the way
February 19, 2016
According to the sixth annual report from the Solar Foundation, California and Massachusetts have 50 percent of all the solar jobs in U.S. The high number of solar jobs in these states shows that their renewable energy policies are working. California last year implemented a law that requires utilities to get 50 percent of their energy from renewables by 2030; this has already created over 20,000 solar jobs.
While coal use declined 25 percent in the U.S. since 2005, solar companies have been growing exponentially. Several factors have contributed to their growth. Since 2010, U.S. average installation costs have dropped 35 percent for residential use, and 67 percent for utility-scale installation; many renewable energy patents have expired, and Congress passed multiyear tax credits for renewable energy. In addition, Congress has been working on an energy bill which pushes for advanced grid technology and calls for measures to allow more clean energy into the grid.