Energy staffing in Tennessee receives a tremendous boost from the state's solar and related industries, but a new report suggests continued support of such initiatives will be critical moving forward.
The Associated Press reports the study from the Tennessee Solar Institute found the state has more than 200 organizations focused on solar power, with 33 new ventures having been established since 2008.
Still, programs director for the Institute John Sanseverino said the report highlights the fact that Tennessee must continue to remain aggressive in the solar sector, as a lack of action could cause the state to lose energy jobs to Georgia, North Carolina and other states that boast "aggressively growing solar sectors."
"From a community standpoint, solar panels are the right thing to do," added Ted Wampler, CEO of Wampler's Farm Sausage, which uses solar power. "From an economic standpoint it is the smart thing."
The Institute's report comes as one solar company announced recently that it plans to continue hiring for energy positions at its office in Johnson City, Tennessee, according to the Elizabethton Star.