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Contact your South Carolina senator today to let them know you want lower energy bills, cleaner power sources, and a benefit from generating power for the grid! Find your lawmaker here:

Vote yes, save jobs! South Carolina’s largest newspaper recently issued their opinion that the Energy Freedom Act should be passed by the Senate, after a unanimous approval by the house. Without the act, “would put nearly 3,000 rooftop solar installation jobs at risk and shortchange homeowners with solar panels.”

“South Carolina businesses thrive when they are allowed to innovate.” So says The State newspaper in Columbia, as it supports the benefits of solar for the state’s industrial competitiveness. “Smart energy policy…is an economic winner.”

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2018 Solar Jobs Census

The National Solar Jobs Foundation covers the size and scope of the American solar workforce.  The rapid development of solar energy has created an astonishing number of well-paying American jobs.  As of 2018, there are approximately 242,343 solar workers in the United States, resulting in an overall growth of 159% since the first Census was released in 2010.  Although, in 2017, the rate of growth in the solar industry slowed, resulting in a solar employment decline of approximately 8,000 jobs. 

Solar employment had declined due to the Trump administration’s 30% tariff imposed on most imported solar modules at the beginning of 2018.  The hearing had caused uncertainty in the solar marketplace and utility-scale solar developers to delay their projects in 2017, resulting in an overall solar industry decline.  However, within the next year, solar jobs and installations are expected to return to an incline since installation equipment is now accessible and affordable for utility-scale developers.

Survey respondents predict a 7% solar job increase in 2019, due to incomplete utility-scale projects and new policy incentives in key states.  In 2018, solar jobs and markets have developed an increase in 29 states.  States with the highest solar workforce growth include Florida, Illinois, Texas, and New York.  The complete 2018 list of solar jobs by state can be found here.   

Approximately 87,000 (56%) of 155,000 solar jobs in the installation and project development sector are concentrated on the residential market segment.  About 46,000 jobs (30%) are focused in the non-residential segment, including roughly 12,500 jobs in community solar.  Furthermore, the utility-scale market is said to compromise 22,000 jobs (14%).  

The solar workforce demographics remained quite similar to the previous year.  In 2018, 26% of the workforce consisted of women; 17% consisted of Latino or Hispanic workers; 8% were made up of black or African American workers; and Asian workers made up 9%.  

In 2018, there was an 8% increase in the difficulty level of finding qualified candidates to hire, resulting in 26% of solar establishments reporting it to be “very difficult”.  Prior to 2018, in 2017, only 18% of solar establishments reported such challenges.   

Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director at The Solar Foundation explains, “Despite two challenging years, the long-term outlook for this industry remains positive as even more Americans turn to low-cost solar energy and storage solutions to power their homes and businesses”.  She continues, “However, it will take exceptional leadership at the federal, state, and local levels to spur this growth and address the urgent challenge of climate change. Expanding solar energy and storage across America will create high-quality jobs, reduce carbon emissions, boost local economies, and build resilient and adaptive communities”.  Solar energy is expected to continue to be a leading job creator for America.  

3 Reasons To LOVE Renewable Energy This Valentine’s Day

Southern Current’s team of solar experts have a strong passion for clean energy and environmental sustainability. Who is your Valentine?  This year, we choose solar!  Below: 3 reasons to love renewable energy!

Renewable energy has no pollutants.

Clean energy from solar has no carbon emissions or pollutants.  Producing clean energy with solar helps reduce dirty power used from fossil fuel-based power generation.  Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas block infrared radiation from leaving the earth’s atmosphere, which inevitably traps radiation from the sun and warms the planet’s surface.  Furthermore, traditional biomass and geothermal power plants require a significant amount of water to facilitate their vital cooling requirements.  Solar energy creates zero pollution of water resources and does not strain local water supplies since the operation does not require water.  Unlike non-renewable sources of energy, the sun will never run out of energy.  The sun produces 173,000 terawatts of natural energy every second, which can create renewable energy for your home for up to 25-30 years.

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Renewable energy is loved by solar customers.

In 2018, a new solar project was installed in the United States every 100 seconds.  Southern Current has successfully helped hundreds of families, like Connie’s, to lower their power bills.  Connie explained, “Southern Current showed us how our system would help with the environment and with our electric cost, they took our past electric bills to figure the size of system we needed, they walked us through the entire process of purchasing and setup as well as showing us how to keep up with the power we produce… Our system has been a saving grace to us”.  Another satisfied Southern Current customer, Bill, explained, “One neighbor who walks the neighborhood said our installation was the best looking of any she had seen. The real test is the savings on my power bill. Feb through Mar I have generated more power than I have used, meaning my bill is the minimum, $13.62 each month”.  Lee Murdaugh also explained his excitement for going solar with Southern Current, “My solar panels are currently putting out at about 120% of projection. I have currently produced 950 KW in 13 days.. my wife and I are both excited to see when the coming months Power bills go away… All systems go…. two thumbs up!”.  The love for solar power, clean energy, and decreased power bills is pretty hard to resist! 

Renewable energy can help reduce or eliminate power bills .

By reducing your carbon footprint, you are not only saving the earth, but also your money!  Whether it is for your business or your home, investing in solar can dramatically decrease and potentially eliminate your power bills.  Even if you do not produce 100% of the energy that you consume, your pocket will still greatly benefit from reduced utility bills, resulting in a lot of saved money.  The average American homeowner is able to pay off their solar panel system in about 7 to 8 years and receive a return on investment of about a 20% or more!

About Southern Current

Southern Current is proud to be one of the top solar installers in the Southeast, offering Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Solar Solutions. Thanks to the numerous Solar Rebates & Incentives that are currently available, there’s never been a more affordable time to create your own energy! View the Southern Current Solar Panel Installation Portfolio to see projects we’ve completed in your area, or Contact Us to request information about a solar panel installation for your home or business and see how much you can save with solar.