Jurich says one of the perks of pioneering an alternative-energy option (besides, you know, saving the planet) is meeting with Barack Obama: “He said, ‘Impressive! You’re so young.’ And I said, ‘You are too, Mr. President.’
Lynn also asked the administration for help to make certain parts of residential solar run more smoothly. Cities and counties have a revenue squeeze which means an increase in delays in getting permits to allow solar panels to be installed on rooftops because they don't have the necessary staff to keep up with demand:The potential for residential solar to create jobs is astounding. Rather than relying on machines like the coal industry does, solar relies on labor. The numbers speak for themselves. Currently, there are around 4,000 residential solar jobs in the U.S. By 2010, this number will nearly reach 7,000. By 2012, there will be over 20,000 jobs in the home solar industry.
By improving permitting, we could keep up with demand and create hundreds of high quality local jobs for engineers, construction workers, electricians and salespeople. One of my recommendations to President Obama was that he provide grants to staff up permitting offices and those extra jobs will follow.