The awareness of public of solar power has increased in the U.S. after the recent oil spill in the country. On June 19, 2010, SolarDay 2010 will be celebrated in recognition of the growth of renewable, solar power in the U.S.
In 2009, the first SolarDay was conducted. SolarDay 2010 meetings will be conducted in over 40 cities around the country, so that homeowners can find information about their energy alternatives, solar rebates and methods of reducing their electricity bills.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) indicates that in 2009, the U.S. solar market contributed 441 MW of clean energy, attracted $1.4 billion in novel venture capital investments, generated 45,000 new employment opportunities and increased by 36% in year-on-year revenue.
The SEIA forecasts that the U.S. solar market will generate over 60,000 jobs by the close of 2010. Extending current programs such as the Treasury Grant Program is likely to add 200,000 novel local employment opportunities to the solar labor force, thereby produce 10 GW of novel solar installations by the year 2016, sufficient for powering 2 million homes.