ETF Trends
ETF Trends

The photovoltaic panel industry is rapidly expanding as the government and consumers become more environmentally conscious. However, you wouldn’t think it as solar exchange traded funds are being pummeled, along with the energy sector, trading in a bear market.

Since the March 6 high, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEArca: TAN) has declined 36.1% and Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (NYSEArca: KWT) has decreased 32.8%.

The U.S. solar industry, though, is in the midst of a growth spurt with 174,000 employed in the industry, up 22% in a year, and accounted for one in every 78 new jobs over 2014, reports Jane Wells for CNBC.

“Solar employment grew nearly 20 times faster than the national average employment growth rate,” the Solar Foundation said in the CNBC article.

The Solar Foundation does not expect the industry to slow anytime soon and projects another 20% job growth this year, with most job opportunities in solar panel installations.

“The solar installation sector is already larger than well-established sectors of fossil fuel generation, such as coal mining,” which employs 93,000 Americans, according to the Solar Foundation.

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