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U.S. Solar Industry is Heating Up

The solar industry is booming in America as more and more citizens are adopting renewable energy.

Manufacturing Group November 18, 2011

Solar system prices are becoming far more competitively priced as the consumer and business demand for solar power soars.

It’s safe to say the solar industry is just heating up in the United States.


Today, the solar industry is one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy. Last year, the industry grew an astounding 69%, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation as noted by the Solar Energy Industries Association. In the last two years, the number of Americans working in the solar industry has doubled to more than 100,000 employed.

Solar energy has become cost-competitive with grid-supplied electricity, helping to positively impact our domestic energy supply and the U.S. economy as a whole. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of new jobs are being created across the country. Chapel Hill’s own Strata Solar LLC is doing its part locally by creating jobs for over 60 construction and installation workers and engineers through a variety of state-wide, utility-scale solar projects just this year. Strata has installed 10MW of solar energy systems across the state this year, and forecasts an astounding 30 megawatts and an even stronger hire rate in 2012.

“Americans are beginning to adopt renewable energy in their own personal savings and are seeing the value it creates for our economy,” says Markus Wilhelm, CEO, Strata Solar. “The solar industry will no doubt continue to progress and remain significant to the growth of our country going forward.”


Strata Solar LLC is an international provider of complete solar energy systems and installations for both commercial and residential facilities. Made up of components from top-notch manufacturers, Strata’s advanced systems are seamlessly integrated and extremely efficient, providing industry-leading performance and reliability. The firm specifically offers products and services that can help utility, enterprise and commercial businesses generate reliable clean energy.