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Report ranks Arizona 3rd in U.S. solar jobs

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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 2:29 pm

A trade group representing solar power companies says Arizona has 4,786 people working in the industry, ranking the state No. 3 in the nation behind California and Colorado.

The Solar Foundation released the findings in a report this week. It breaks out Arizona’s jobs as 36 percent in installation, 27 percent in sales, 17 percent in manufacturing, and 12 percent in research and development.

The survey was conducted by the foundation and Green LMI Consulting with help from Cornell University.

Gov. Jan Brewer says the number of jobs is driven by Arizona’s abundant sunshine, renewable energy tax credits and a trained workforce.

She says three large-scale renewable energy projects are under construction in Arizona and putting hundreds of people to work.

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