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Economy & Jobs

Rooftop solar keeps energy dollars invested in the community. Wherever there is a roof, there is an opportunity for economic activity and employment.  It supports more jobs per megawatt than any other energy resource. The majority of these jobs are inherently local and cannot be outsourced.

Thanks to policies like net metering, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. 143,000 Americans work in the solar industry. Solar jobs grew last year by 20%, far outpacing the general economy.

Energy Savings

American homes, schools and businesses are taking control of their electricity bills and power supply like never before. Today more than 360,000 energy consumers are generating their own power from the sun and saving on their electricity bills with net metering. In California alone, solar is helping schools and other public agencies reduce their power bills by more than $2.5 billion over the next 30 years.

More rooftop solar means utilities have to invest less in power plants and other expensive infrastructure, savings they can pass on to ALL their customers.

Public Health & Safety

Private investment in reliable, local solar power reduces the need for expensive and polluting fossil power generation. This means cleaner air for our families, a more resilient power grid for our communities, and fewer harmful emissions for our climate. 

Let’s not forget why net metering programs exist in the first place: to build healthier, more prosperous, more resilient solar-powered United States. Rooftop solar is successfully harnessing innovation and private investment to do just that. 

Learn more about the state-specific benefits of net metering in our Resource Center.