California has a third of the nation's solar power jobs

By David R. Baker | SFGate

The solar industry employed 47,223 Californians last year, up 8 percent from 2012, according to the survey from the Solar Foundation, a research and advocacy group. Most of California's solar jobs, however, focus on panel installation and financing versus research and development efforts to create new technologies. 'The fact that California is a third of these numbers (nationwide) really reflects the important role California has played and the connection between policy, markets and jobs,' said Harris, who also chairs the board of the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group. The recent finance graduate from California State University East Bay now oversees SolarCity's system for rewarding bonuses to customers who refer other people to the company.

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