A new report from The Solar Foundation says that there was a 20 percent increase in jobs in the United States solar industry in 2013, according to the International Business Times.
The report, the National Solar Jobs Census 2013, was released on Monday. The report shows that there were 142,698 people employed in the industry as of November 2013.
“The solar industry’s job-creating power is clear,” Andrea Luecke, executive director and president of The Solar Foundation, said. “The industry has grown an astounding 53 percent in the last four years alone, adding nearly 50,000 jobs … Our Census findings show that for the fourth year running, solar jobs remain well-paid and attract highly skilled workers. That growth is putting people back to work and helping local economies.”
In 2014, employment in the solar industry is expected to increase by 15.6 percent. This number represents the addition of 24,000 new workers within the industry.
“When it comes to the U.S. economy, solar is continuing to create tens of thousands of new jobs across the country,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said in a statement. “The Solar Foundation’s latest national jobs census confirms that 2013 was a record-shattering year, with the solar industry creating more than 10 new jobs every hour of every work day throughout the year.”Solar Jobs Increased in 2013; Expected to Increase again in 2014 by Andrew Ostler