Industry group says Indiana added 960 solar jobs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A group that works to promote solar energy says Indiana's fledgling solar power industry added nearly 1,000 jobs last year, mostly in the manufacturing and installation sectors.

Tuesday's annual report by The Solar Foundation summarizes jobs in that industry for each of the 50 states and found that Indiana saw 960 new solar jobs last year. That was a 178 percent increase from 2012 and pushed the state up two notches nationally to rank it 25th in solar industry jobs.

The report by the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group also says Indiana had 50 solar industry companies and more than 400 homes powered by the sun last year.

The report says the U.S. solar industry employed more than 142,000 Americans last year, with a third of those jobs in California.