Clean Tech Trends
The Solar Foundation, a 30-year old nonprofit organization, released a special report last year, and an interactive map this month, revealing the nationwide state of solar jobs.
Last year’s National Solar Jobs Census 2012 reported that the U.S. solar industry was employing 119,016 people. This represents 13,872 new solar jobs and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the previous year as compared to overall economy growth of only 2.3 percent at best. One in 230 jobs created nationally over the last year was created in the solar industry.
Drawn from Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported by CNNMoney, apparently there are now more solar workers in Texas than there are ranchers, more solar employees in California than actors, and nationwide more solar workers than coal miners.
The newly released State Solar Jobs Map, interactively provides for each state: state jobs figures, rankings of industry subsectors by employment, key state policies supporting solar, and more. For example, clicking on …
California shows that there are 43,700 solar jobs in the state, employed primarily in installation, manufacturing, and other. The state ranks #1 for the number of solar jobs in the U.S., and #3 for the solar jobs per capita. There are 1,703 solar companies in the state. Further tidbits at your fingertips are these facts; Electricity is 9th most expensive, and there is a 2020 target of 33% target renewable energy portfolio standard.
New Jersey shows 5,700 jobs in solar, primarily in installation, manufacturing, and project development. The state boasts third place in number of solar jobs, and 9th per capita. 426 solar companies call New Jersey home, and the state wins third place as well in the number of homes powered by solar. The state has a 2021 target of 20.38% renewable portfolio; the solar carve-out target is 4.1% by 2028.
Texas reveals 3,200 solar jobs, primarily in installation, manufacturing, and other. The state ranks #8 in the nation for the number of jobs and 30th for the solar jobs per capita, with 278 solar companies. Texas ranks #12 for the number of homes powered by solar.
About a quarter of the nation’s solar workers are employed in solar panel manufacturing, while most of the rest do development, sales and marketing.