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Solar jobs growing quickly across mix of states

Staff writer |
The solar industry experienced record-breaking job growth across the U.S. last year, according to The Solar Foundation (TSF).

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TSF released new state-specific numbers that show major solar job gains in both traditional and burgeoning markets.

California and Arizona continued to lead the way as the top two states for solar employment, with 47,223 and 8,558 jobs, respectively. The New England region is home to over 25,000 solar jobs, representing nearly 20 percent of the total US solar workforce despite not being among the sunniest regions.

Southern states now employ over 22,000 solar workers, and 18 Southern, Midwestern and Mountain states doubled their solar jobs since TSF last reported these figures. Statistics on all 50 states can be found on TSF's interactive map, available at www.SolarStates.org.

Better-established solar markets like Massachusetts and New York both grew by nearly 50 percent while developing markets in North Carolina and Georgia doubled their solar jobs. Strong policy in Georgia has led to a rapid increase in installation jobs, whereas increasing market maturity led to gains in New York for jobs related to legal and financial services.

New solar job creation in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana combined to account for nearly one-quarter of the total 23,682 industry-wide jobs added last year.

State solar employment figures were generated using thousands of data points from a combination of high-quality sources, including TSF's highly-acclaimed National Solar Jobs Census 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association's National Solar Database, and other sources.


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