14,500 new solar jobs in Oregon by 2016


Oregon’s solar industry could add 14,500 new jobs, if federal incentive programs are extended to 2012, according to a new study.

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A report by the Solar Energy Industry Association shows the possibility for 14,500 new solar jobs in Oregon by 2016.

The study found that extending federal incentives programs for two years could create 200,000 jobs nationwide.

The study, by German research firm EuPD, took a look at the economic impact of the Department of Treasure Grant Program and the Solar Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit programs, both established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act…

“Extension of the Treasury Grant program is essential to continuing our nascent economic recovery and moving to a cleaner, more distributed 21st century energy system,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., in a press release.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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