PHOENIX - Governor Jan Brewer announced Tuesday that Arizona ranks second nationally in solar systems installation and solar energy development.
Governor Brewer said Arizona's growth in the solar industry will benefit state residents in an abundance of ways.
"Particularly in Arizona, where we are fortunate to enjoy an abundance of sunshine year-round, the success of this industry is a key asset to our economy," said Governor Brewer in a press release. She added, "Not only does solar energy reduce our dependence on foreign oil, it also creates high-paying jobs for thousands of Arizonans."
The state has jumped up one spot in the ranks since 2011, when Arizona had nearly 4,800 jobs in the solar energy field, and according to the press release, Arizona now only trails California.
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