New Report: Booming Job Growth In U.S. Solar
The Solar Foundation, a national authority on the solar labor force, just published its fifth annual National Solar Jobs Census. The news is good: solar employment for 2014 exceeded expectations and is projected to grow again next year.
Report highlights include:
o Solar industry employment increased by nearly 21.8% in 2014, almost 20 times the national average job growth rate. The solar industry supports 173, 807 solar workers across all 50 states, up from 142, 698 the previous year.
o Solar is a major source of new U.S. jobs. Between November 2013 and November 2014, the industry added more than 31,000 new solar workers. 85% of those workers are completely new jobs, not existing positions with new solar responsibilities.
o The solar industry accounted for 1.3% of all new US jobs.
o Wages paid to solar workers remain competitive with similar industries and provide many living-wage opportunities.
o Solar employers expect to see total employment in the solar industry increase by 20.9% in 2014.
o Including indirect and induced impact, the solar industry supports approximately 700,000 U.S. jobs.
Find more information, or download the a PDF of the report at thesolarfoundation.org
The National Solar Jobs Census 2014 was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research Partnership with support from The George Washington University. The margin of error of this data set is +/-2.03%, significantly lower than any similar national industry study.