A bright outlook: Solar jobs jump 38 percent in 2015

The census found that 32 states and the District of Columbia added solar jobs past year.

Massachusetts, with 15,095 solar jobs, was ranked second in the nation in solar employment past year behind California, which has more than 75,000 people working in the solar industry. “While conventional energy industries are losing jobs, we are seeing record growth, and bringing clean air and climate solutions along the way”. “California’s 20,000 new jobs marks an industry milestone, but states like Utah, Colorado, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia demonstrate the regional diversity of the industry’s growth”.

Across the state some 8,250 people are employed in solar jobs at more than 630 companies, and that is projected to increase by almost 1,000 jobs this year, according to the State Solar Jobs Census 2015.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has made a concerted push in recent years to encourage the use of solar power for both homes and businesses, offering significant incentives and subsidies.

The jobs survey was compiled with information gathered from almost 288,000 telephone calls and 44,000 emails, producing a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

“Solar power is a bright spot in California’s economy, bringing jobs and economic development to every corner of the state”, said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the solar association.

The solar industry has almost doubled in size since the foundation’s first census in 2010.

And large commercial projects grew at the fastest rate, adding almost 6,000 solar workers in 2015. “Solar jobs is just a metric, but it’s an important metric. With the initiatives put in place through the leadership of Governor Malloy and the General Assembly, solar and other clean power resources will provide us with an increasing amount of competitively price electricity as well as providing growing numbers of good paying jobs for our residents”.

Highest % Solar Jobs Growth: 1.

“Once community solar gets off the ground, you’ll see more inroads”, Trahan said.

Rooftop solar panels. Image via County News Center

 

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