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Solar jobs growing rapidly in Maryland

Solar jobs in Maryland grew by about 29 percent last year.

Jobs in the solar field grew by about 29 percent in 2014 in Maryland and are projected to grow to nearly 3,800 this year, according to a survey released Thursday by an industry research group.

The Solar Foundation's survey found the industry employed about 3,000 people in Maryland in 2014, an increase of about 670 jobs over the year before. Solar employers, including Standard Solar and SolarCity, expect that number to grow by about 26 percent in 2015.

Maryland is ranked 13th in the nation for the number of solar jobs in the state, according to the survey, which measured jobs between November 2013 and November 2014. Jobs in the industry include sales, installation and manufacturing. In Maryland, areas with a high concentration of solar jobs included Anne Arundel, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties.

cwells@baltsun.com

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