U.S. Solar Jobs Jumped Almost 25% In the Past Year
The U.S. solar industry employed 260,077 workers last year, a nearly 25% increase in the number of jobs from 2017. That jump was largely driven by a massive increase in solar panel installations, according to a report released Tuesday by the non-profit solar advocacy group The Solar Foundation.
A few more highlights:
One out of every 50 new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry.
Solar will become mandatory in California for residential homes 3 stories or less in 2020.
Solar industry employment growth outpaced that of the overall U.S. economy by 17 times as it increased by over 51,000 jobs, for a total of 260,077 U.S. solar workers.
The number of solar jobs increased in 44 of the 50 states in 2018.
California employs the most solar workers, followed by Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, and Florida.