Every state in the union has benefitted from solar power’s remarkable growth over the last few years. In an actual headcount of employees, DC-based The Solar Foundation has found 119,000 employees in solar companies across the country. You can dive in and learn more about them here at the State Solar Jobs Map.
Check out each state in the union and how many solar jobs they have!
“California now has more solar workers than actors and that there are more solar jobs in Texas than there are ranchers”, according to Andrea Luecke, the Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, based on Bureau of Labor statistics.
The State Solar Jobs Map also does a great job of breaking out the different kinds of work within the solar industry, by state, per subsector. There is a huge diversity of good jobs being created. Rhone Resch, head of Solar Energy Industries Association summarizes, “Solar is the fastest-growing clean energy technology available today and employment in our industry has doubled over the past three years.”
How many other industries in America have doubled in the last 3 years? Few.
How many can claim employees in all 50 states? Not a lot.
And what’s the formula for success? It’s clear from the study that states with smart, consistent pro-business policies can expect future growth. You can dive in to the map by state to see a rating of these policies.
Doing so makes you wonder if the politicians currently attacking net metering and renewable portfolios aren’t protecting the telegraph from the telephone!
But that’s for another day… Today just revel in the home-grown success of these United States of solar.