Where Tomorrow's Jobs Are: Health Care and Green Tech

One of the places helping to create a new generation of American jobs can be found behind a row of quiet, brown office buildings in South Plainfield, New Jersey. That's where Petra Solar's brand-new 21st century factory is whirring to life, putting together hundreds of solar panels to produce clean energy for New Jerseyans.

Last year, Petra Solar was a bare-bones operation with 15 employees. But now, with a $200 million contract to provide New Jersey electric utility PSE&G (PEG) with solar-generated electricity, it has already completed 20,000 solar panels that PSEG is installing on electric poles throughout the state. The utility has plans to put up a total of 200,000 of Petra Solar's panels. The company's manufacturing facility has ramped up production and is hiring at a torrid pace. Today, it has 130 employees, and if demand increases it could end the year with as many as 260.

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