According to The Solar Foundation, industrial solar jobs have increased by 25% this past 2016. This boost has been due to the broad reduction in panel installation costs since 2010. From about a reduction of 53% in residential to 77% in higher scale projects.
POSITIVE NUMBERS FOR SOLAR JOBS
This renewable energy sector has created more than 51,000 new positions, what made increase the employment population for solar energy business up to 260,077. In 2015, 2.8 million people were working in solar energy worldwide. With China leading the list with 2.4 million, the U.S. represented the 7%, with only 208,000 positions. Nowadays, this number has gone up to 374,000. This quantity doubles all the jobs that involve Natural Gas, Oil and Carbon electricity production.
In addition, the National Solar Jobs Census claims that solar accounts for 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs in 2016. Although the increase is more noticeable in solar leading states, like California or Florida, the number of solar jobs has increased in 44 of the 50 states. This shows that solar industry growth is truly a nationwide phenomenon. Solar job growth took place in all sectors, including a 26% growth in manufacturing companies and a 14% in installation. Moreover, project development solar jobs increased by 53% and, the sales and distribution sector, increased by 32% its solar workers.
Another highlight from this is that the job growth does not only involve white-male Americans. In the contrary, the solar energy sector is promoting the job inclusion. Census 2016 shows an increase of workers among different social sectors. Female solar workers increased from 24 percent in 2015 to 28 in 2016. Also, the percentage of African-American workers increased from 5 to 7 percent, and the percentage of Latinos increased from 11 to 17 percent. What is more, compared to 7 percent in the overall U.S. workforce, nine percent of solar workers nationwide are veterans.
A complete list of the number of solar jobs by state, along with state growth rates over 2015, can be found at SolarJobsCensus.org. The full article can be read at: www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-accounts-1-50-new-u-s-jobs-2016