Solyndra: Not Indicative of the State of the Green Economy

Posted by Green America corporate responsibility director Todd Larsen:

The green economy in the US is strong and growing, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the news.  With attention focused on Solyndra, you would never know that there are thousands of solar and wind companies thriving in the United States.  Solar Power grew at a rate of 100 percent last year and generated net exports of nearly $250 million in solar products.  Similarly, most Americans probably don’t realize that 100,000 people are employed by the solar industry in the US, double the number from just two years ago.

Of course, solar is just one green energy industry that is producing jobs and exports for the United States.  Overall, the green economy in the US has grown to 2.7 million jobs, and these jobs generally pay better than other comparable jobs in other fields.   These jobs are being created in all 50 states, including some of those worst hit by the recession.  So, the next time you hear that government support for the green economy is money wasted, or that the green economy will never provide the jobs Americans need, you’ll know the real facts.