Nevada Leads the Nation in Solar Job Growth Per Capita
Solar industry jobs in Nevada grew by an incredible 146% in 2014, according to a new report from the Solar Foundation. Nevada now ranks 1st in the country in solar jobs per capita, and ranks seventh in total number of solar jobs in each state.
The announcement was greeted with pride across the state. “Nevada is emerging as a leader in new technology and innovation and this announcement demonstrates the possibilities within our state if we continue to recruit the growing industries of the 21st century,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I would like to thank all Nevadans who have embraced the solar industry and thank the many solar companies who saw the opportunity in the Silver State and joined the Nevada family.”
Solar industry leaders praised the steps Nevada has taken to build its clean energy sector. “Nevada is a great place to do business and it’s a great state for solar. The steps the state has taken to build a vibrant clean energy economy are paying-off with thousands of new jobs for Nevadans,” said Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity. SolarCity has hired more than 1000 staff in Nevada within the last two years.
The Solar Foundation, which publishes the annual National Solar Jobs Census, just released its State Solar Jobs Map, an in depth look at solar employment by state.