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    Wednesday, August 03, 2022

    Jobs In Solar Rise With The Sun

    Solar Jobs Up in 47 States, Increase 9% Nationwide in 2021

    July 26, 2022 (Interstate Renewable Energy Council)

    “Solar energy jobs were up in 47 states and increased 9 percent nationwide from 2020 to 2021 to a total of 255,037 solar workers…[according to the annual National Solar Jobs Census. In] a year of record solar installations driven by increased demand for renewable energy among residential customers, municipalities, businesses, and electric utilities…the solar industry added 21,563 jobs in 2021, with more than two-thirds of these new jobs (14,350) at installation and project development firms…

    Over the past decade, U.S. solar employment has more than doubled from 105,145 jobs in 2011 to 255,037 jobs in 2021…[California, with 75,712 jobs] continues to lead…followed by Florida (11,761 jobs), Massachusetts (10,548 jobs), New York (10,524 jobs), and Texas (10,346 jobs)…California also led for the number of jobs added in 2021 (7,035 new jobs), followed by Massachusetts (+1,053 jobs), Nevada (+1,019 jobs), and Arizona (+932 jobs)…The solar industry still has more work to do to meet its goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion and extend the benefits of the clean energy economy to underrepresented groups…

    …[W] omen made up just under 30 percent of the solar workforce in 2021, while Black employees made up 8 percent of the workforce, Latino or Hispanic workers made up 20 percent, and Asian workers made up 9 percent. Fewer than one-third of solar firms reported strategies to increase female, ethnic or racial minority, or LGBTQ+ hires…The solar industry can offer a path to advancement and a family-sustaining career, including for those without a two- or four-year college degree…” click here for more

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