The number of solar jobs declined in 2018–but it’s not all bad news

Look at the job market for solar energy over the last decade, and you’ll see a boom time. Every year since 2010, The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to speeding the adoption of this renewable energy, has conducted a “national solar jobs census” to analyze the number of jobs in solar–and the uptake of the technology.

“We’ve seen meteoric growth year over year,” says The Solar Foundation CEO Andrea Luecke, and 2016 was something of a banner year. That was the year solar employed more than double the number of people working in the coal industry, and as 40 coal plants were scheduled to phase out, 14,000 new megawatts of solar power came online.

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Shelly Jo Jacobs

Author: Shelly Jo Jacobs