Earlier this week the Solar Foundation released its annual National Solar Jobs Census. According to this report, the U.S. solar industry employs 119,016, a 13.2% increase from 2011's final revised figure of 105,145. The National Solar Jobs Census 2012 was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research with technical assistance from Cornell University.
According the report, installation remained the largest solar industry subsector. Installers now employ 57,177 Americans, a 17.5% increase over the revised 2011 figure. Sales and distribution jobs experienced a 23.1% increase, now employing 16,005 Americans.
“The National Solar Jobs Census 2012 illustrates that the solar industry, as a whole, is a dependable job creator and that solar employers are confident about growth in 2013,” said Andrea Luecke, TSF Executive Director. “The growth by installers, especially at larger firms, signals that this subsector is heading toward a period of consolidation and maturation on par with other successful industries at this stage of the growth curve.”
“The subsector information presented in the National Solar Jobs Census 2012 is providing the solar industry, policy makers, and the public with a greater understanding of the industry’s employment makeup,” said Philip Jordan, Vice President at BW Research Partnership, which collaborated with TSF and Cornell University on the Census.
The complete report is available here.