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Tue February 18, 2014
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Tennessee Solar Industry Said to be Expanding

Credit thesolarfoundation.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  A new report says Tennessee’s solar industry is expanding quickly.

The Solar Foundation says there are now more than 130 companies in the state dedicated to solar  manufacturing, installation and project development.

Foundation spokesman Philip Haddix says that, nationwide, solar-industry employment grew by almost 20-percent since 2012 to reach 242,000 jobs across the U-S; and locally.

"Tennessee is up as well with 2,800 jobs this year versus 2,300 last year - 500 additional jobs. It puts Tennessee tied for 12th place if you were to rank the states in terms of their solar employment."

Haddix says about half of all solar jobs are in installation, with manufacturing the next biggest sector.