SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The National Solar Jobs Census of 2014, from The Solar Foundation, claims the solar industry is adding jobs 20 times faster than the overall economy in the U.S.
The report states there are over 170,000 workers in the solar industry, which represents a 21.8 percent increase from the previous year. That means there are twice as many solar workers as there are coal miners in the United States.
"The solar industry has once again proven to be a powerful engine of economic growth and job creation," said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation. "It also shows for the fifth consecutive year, the solar industry is attracting highly-skilled, well-paid professionals. That growth is putting people back to work and strengthening our nation's economy."
Companies like IKEA have latched onto the solar movement by installing solar panels on top of nearly 90 percent of its stores in the U.S.
The industry is expected to add at least 36,000 more jobs in 2015.