According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the
solar industry's national trade association, the U.S. solar energy
industry and its supply chain support about 46,000 jobs in the U.S.
Also, despite the overall economic downturn, particularly in the
housing and construction sectors, employment in the solar industry
increased by 10,000 jobs from 2008-09 and by 17,000 jobs in
And there is equal opportunity for growth in the form of
billions of square feet of rooftop surface area available for
installing photovoltaic (PV) systems, which means roofing
professionals can capitalize on this potential new revenue stream.
However, there is little regulation within the PV industry
regarding rooftop installation.
As Jeff Henegar, general manager of Firestone Energy Solutions,
a division of Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, Indianapolis,
puts it: "The PV market is like the wild, wild west where the rule
of law was not always in force."
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