Solar industry successful and growing in California in The Hill April 10 2014

The United States has made major advances toward creating new sources of renewable, clean and domestic energy in the last decade. Federal, state and local governments are committed to working with private businesses, unlocking America’s entrepreneurial spirit so that we might solve the challenge of creating whole new energy industries where none existed before.

And of these new industries, one is exceeding all expectations, especially in California: solar.

It isn’t hard to remember the days when solar was relegated to school science fairs — a source of energy that sounded nice but would only be practical in the far-out, distant future. But today, solar companies are providing consumers with cheap, clean and renewable energy while creating new middle-class jobs. In fact, America added 20,000 solar jobs last year alone.Closer to home, a recent “Solar Census” conducted by The Solar Foundation confirms that California has become the solar capital of America. In fact, of this nation’s 145,000 solar employees, one-third reside in the Golden State.

California companies like Sullivan Solar Power, Soitec, SolarCity, Sungevity, SunRun and SunEdison, just to name a few, are saving consumers money on their electricity bills, boosting local businesses and creating good-paying jobs in our communities.