Andrea Luecke | Tracking Solar Jobs, Solar Jobs Census Briefing

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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: gwsolar



Andrea Luecke, Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, releases state specific data at the Solar Jobs Census Briefing on 2/11/2014.

Materials generously provided by The Solar Foundation and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

Tracking Solar Jobs The Solar Foundation’s State Solar Jobs Census

About The Solar Foundation National 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research that educates the public and transforms markets.

Census Series

Highly Rigorous Survey-Based Count of “Solar Workers” “Solar worker” spends at least 50% of their time working on solarrelated activities Photo Credit: Gro Solar

Employment By Industry Sector Installation Manufacturing Project Development Photo Credits: First Solar, First Solar, NREL, Gro Solar, NREL From Left to right. Other Sales and Distribution

Industry Comparisons 142,698 160,000 116,100 140,000 120,000 100,000 86,122 89,838 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 0 US Iron and Steel Mill Industry Coal Mining US Auto Manufacturing (light duty vehicles, not including suppliers) US Solar Industry Source: The Solar Foundation and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Drivers of Growth Capacity-Weighted Average Installed Costs, 2010-2013 Installed Price ($/W) $7.00 $6.00 $5.00 $4.00 $3.00 $2.00 $1.00 $0.00 Source: SEIA and GTM Research, "Solar Market Insight" report series

California is home to more than 40% of the total installed solar capacity in the US and employs one third of all solar workers in the nation.

Breakdown by Solar Employment Sectors in California CA employers expect to add 10,500 (22.3%) in 2014, representing 47% of all solar workers nationwide Installer Manufacturer Distributor CA workers earn more than national solar workers California added 3,500 jobs in 2013 to reach a total of 47,233 solar jobs Project Developer Other Installation = 60% of workers Manufacturing = 30% Project Development = 6%

Arizona Despite having the best solar resource in the US, AZ lost more than any other state. Yet it still accounts for six percent of national solar employment. AZ employers are cautiously optimistic for 2014, expecting 5.6% growth.

Minnesota  MN has 858 solar jobs, representing a 73% growth rate over 2012  MN employers are bullish, with 28% expected growth in 2014  MN is mandated to increase its solar capacity by 30 fold by 2020 Photo Courtesy Solar Services, Inc.

State by State Snapshots Interactive map with all 50 states at:

Top 20 Solar Jobs States 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. CA = 47,223* AZ = 8,558 NJ = 6,500 MA = 6,400* NY = 5,000* TX = 4,100 FL = 4,000* OH = 3,800 CO = 3,600 NC = 3,100* 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. PA = 2,900 MO = 2,800* TN = 2,800 OR = 2,700 MI = 2,700 GA = 2,600* HI = 2,600 NV = 2,400 IL = 2,100 WA = 2,000 *grew by 1,500 jobs or more

Rank Change from 2012 to 2013 10 8 6 4 2 0 -2 NY TX FL OH CO NC PA TN MO OR MI HI GA -4 -6 -8 CA, AZ, NJ, and MA retained their places in the Top Four Substantial movement among the rest of the states in the Top Ten

Growth Rate of Top Ten (and MN) 140% 120% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% CA -20% AZ NJ MA NY TX FL OH CO NC MN

Highest Growth Rates From 2012 to 2013 700% 600% 500% 400% 300% 200% 100% 0% WY SD MT WV VT OK GA IA LA 20 states more than doubled their solar jobs UT

Questions: Andrea Luecke Executive Director 202-469-3732

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