SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Given the public outrage over the largest oil spill in U.S. history, public awareness of solar energy has increased through recent speeches by President Obama about solar energy.
This year's annual day of recognition for the growth of clean, solar energy in the U.S. is SolarDay 2010 – Saturday, June 19. The premise of SolarDay is simple: a national day of recognition for solar energy, energy independence and protection of the planet.
SolarDay continues to grow along with the U.S. solar industry.
The first annual SolarDay was held in 2009. SolarDay 2010 events will be held in more than 40 cities so residents can find out about their energy options, solar rebates and ways to reduce the cost of their electricity bills for years to come.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in 2009 the solar industry added 441 megawatts of new, clean power to the U.S., pulled in $1.4 billion in new venture capital investments, provided 45,000 jobs and grew by 36% in annual revenue.
By the end of 2010, SEIA estimates the U.S. solar industry will surpass 60,000 jobs. Extending existing programs, including the Treasury Grant Program, will add 200,000 new domestic jobs to the solar workforce and result in 10 gigawatts (GW) of new solar installations by 2016 – enough to power 2 million homes.
Clean Energy, Protection of the Planet
Addison Huegel, Executive Director of SolarDay, said: "As if the cost of electricity was not a good enough reason to adopt solar energy using the available rebates, there is the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf that reminds us yet again about our reliance on fossil fuels and the fragility of our ecosystem."
SolarDay 2010 is Nationwide
The public is encouraged to learn more about their energy options, lowering their electricity bills, rebates and solar energy and SolarDay, Saturday, June 19 – SolarDay 2010 events nationwide. More information is available at: www.solarday.com