How to harness energy from solar to boost US manufacturing
Energy storage and solar panels will play a key role in the revival of manufacturing jobs in the United States.
In a new report, a think tank with ties to the Koch brothers called SolarCity said that by 2025, energy storage and storage-related equipment and technology will create about 4.5 million jobs in manufacturing.
SolarCity’s report came as a key trade group for the American Petroleum Institute (API), which is working with state and local governments to expand solar power in areas with the least infrastructure and limited access to solar power.
The API says it has about 2.6 million solar workers in the US.
The American Solar Energy Industries Association (ASIA) says it estimates there are between 15,000 and 30,000 workers in solar manufacturing in the U.S.
The report predicts that energy storage will lead to higher manufacturing productivity, which is expected to increase in manufacturing and create new manufacturing jobs.
It also said that a variety of storage technologies will be used to store solar power generated by rooftop panels and other rooftop photovoltaic panels.
The API’s report predicts the total economic impact of energy storage could be $3.5 trillion by 2025.