While all eyes may be rested on the gubernatorial races, there remains incredible solar growth and innovation in states and cities across the US. Local solar is driving the movement, so here are a few recent developments that add new meaning to the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Green Jobs Growth in the US: 3.1 Million Green Jobs in November

There were 3.1 million “green jobs” in the US as of November 2011. Green jobs are growing faster than overall job growth in the US. They pay well, and there’s an increasingly wide range of them accessible to Americans of every level of education and experience, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s “Counting up to green” analysis of the Labor Dept. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s (BLS) groundbreaking Green Jobs report.

CL&P awards $6M to 76 renewable projects

Connecticut Light & Power awarded $6 million annually over 15 years to 76 solar and fuel cell projects in Connecticut, in the first year of the state’s 21-year, $1 billion program to proliferate clean energy installations. CL&P received 296 bids in total, and all mostly solar or fuel cell proposals.

San Diego CSI is Oversubscribed

SDG&E has officially reached the end of its residential CSI rebate bucket. We are living in a post-state incentive world!

5 Reasons for an American Clean Revolution

Clearly, it’s better to invest in technologies of the future rather than technologies of the past, and the country could benefit now from greater energy independence. The path is clear in this infographic: use clean energy innovations like solar to transform the economy.

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About Author

Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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