Solar employees earned $50 billion in wages and contributed $154 billion to the US economy during 2016. To better show the local economic impact of the unprecedented 25 percent increase in solar jobs to more than 260,000 in the US, the Solar Foundation has introduced its latest Solar Jobs Map tool.
The interactive map allows people, law-makers and employers unparalleled access to past and current data for solar jobs in every city, county, and congressional district in US based on findings in its annual National Solar Jobs Census. The tool provides users with localized information like wages and descriptions of job positions, as well as information pertaining to specific data sets such as percentages of women and veterans in the solar workforce. Additionally, the tool allows users to compare information of solar employment and its local economic impact for 2015 and 2016 by simply toggling between the two years.
“The solar industry is generating well-paying jobs everywhere from Detroit to Miami to Salt Lake City, and in states from Ohio to Texas to South Carolina,” said Andrea Luecke, executive director of The Solar Foundation. “America’s solar energy boom adds tens of billions of dollars to our economy each year, all while providing an affordable, reliable, and local energy source.”
The Solar Jobs Map also shows the number of workers employed in peripheral industries, like accountants, home energy efficiency experts, and truckers. Nationally, one direct solar job created two additional jobs in the US economy and for every dollar spent on solar it produced $1.47 in economic gains, according to the census. The tool helps businesses and local governments understand the value of funding solar projects or evaluating incentive programs by and the jobs projects and incentive could create and retain.
“With a near tripling of solar jobs since 2010, the solar industry is an American success story that has created hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs,” said Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation. “In 2016, we saw a dramatic increase in the solar workforce across the nation, thanks to a rapid decrease in the cost of solar panels and unprecedented consumer demand for solar installations. More than ever, it’s clear that solar energy is a low-cost, reliable, super-abundant American energy source that is driving economic growth, strengthening businesses, and making our cities smarter and more resilient.”Tweet