Nonprofit organization The Solar Foundation recently published its annual National Solar Jobs Census, which highlighted the incredible growth of solar energy industry employment in the United States in 2016.
According to the report, the United States solar industry workforce increased by more than 51,000 workers last year. This is a 25 percent increase over the 2015 numbers. Overall, the solar industry workforce has nearly tripled over the past six years, from less than 100,000 in 2010 to over 260,000 in 2016.
Below are some of the impressive highlights from the 2016 Solar Jobs Census:
- For the past four years the solar job market in the United States has been growing by at least 20 percent per year.
- One in every 50 new jobs added in the country last year was created by the solar energy industry.
- Two percent of all new jobs in the United States are provided by the solar energy industry.
- More than 2,000 new solar jobs were created in Colorado in 2016.
These impressive findings are further supported by other industry analysts. The U.S. Solar Market Insight report released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on March 9, 2017 also confirms that 2016 was a record-breaking year for the United States solar industry. For the first time ever, solar added more electric generating capacity than any other source of energy in the country. Moreover, the report projects that over the next five years, the nation’s solar market will nearly triple in size.
These promising statistics are good news, not only for the environment and the nation’s economy, but also for countless students planning to start their careers in the solar energy industry. And as the first and only college in the United States dedicated solely to the clean and renewable energy education, Ecotech Institute couldn’t be more proud to help train the next generation of solar energy technicians for this rapidly developing industry.