A Green Energy Industry Takes Root in California

The state has earmarked $3.2 billion to subsidize solar installation, with the goal of putting solar cells on one million rooftops.

Published: 02-Feb-2008

SAN FRANCISCO — The sun is starting to grow jobs.

While interest in alternative energy is climbing across the United States, solar power especially is rising in California, the product of billions of dollars in investment and mountains of enthusiasm.

In recent months, the industry has added several thousand jobs in the production of solar energy cells and installation of solar panels on roofs. A spate of investment has also aimed at making solar power more efficient and less costly than natural gas and coal.

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