New York State Solar Industry Jobs Grow 40%: Now Ranks 4th Nationally

New Data from The Solar Foundation Finds New York Added Nearly 2,100 Solar Jobs in 2014

NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 12, 2015 – The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, today released its New York Solar Jobs Census. The district-level Census found that New York’s solar industry employed 7,284 New Yorkers in 2014 and added nearly 2,100 solar jobs over the previous year. New York’s 40% solar industry employment growth allowed it to move to 4th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state. Solar employment in New York grew nearly 40 times faster than the state’s employment growth rate of 1.1 percent during the same period.

“From Long Island—where we just celebrated the region’s 10,000th rooftop installation—to Buffalo—home to a new solar panel manufacturing facility creating thousands of jobs—the booming New York solar industry is reaching every corner of our state,” said Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we’re jump-starting private sector innovation and investment in the growing clean energy economy with marquee initiatives such as the nation’s largest-of-its-kind NY Green Bank and the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative. We’re proud our innovative policies are having a recognizably positive impact on local job creation, economic development and the environment.”

“New York has become one of a handful of national leaders in the solar industry and it’s driving job growth,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation. “New York’s recent jobs numbers have been particularly impressive—by doubling solar jobs in just the last two years, the state now ranks in the top five in the country.”

“New York has been taking all the right steps to build a growing and vibrant clean energy economy and these latest impressive jobs numbers are further proof. We’re proud of the role SolarCity is playing in creating jobs and putting New Yorkers to work–and we’re continuing to hire and expand in the state,” said Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity.

The National Solar Jobs Census 2014 – of which the New York and other state Census reports are an offshoot – was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research Partnership with support from The George Washington University. The report, derived from data collected from more than 7,600 U.S. businesses, measured employment growth in the solar industry between November 2013 and November 2014. The margin of error of this data set is +/-2.03%, which is significantly lower than any similar national industry study.

“The study shows both aggressive hiring and clear optimism among New York solar companies,” said Philip Jordan, Vice President at BW Research Partnership. “Of particular interest was the continued high wages among solar installers nationwide. Additionally, we found that the U.S. installation sector is generally more diverse than other energy sectors, hiring African-Americans and Latinos at a faster rate than the oil, gas, coal and construction sectors.”

The full National Solar Jobs Census and State Solar Jobs Census reports with district level jobs for California, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Texas, and New York are available at www.TSFcensus.org. Job numbers and rankings of economic indicators for all 50 states are available in The Solar Foundation’s updated State Solar Jobs Map at www.SolarStates.org.

 

About The Solar Foundation:

The Solar Foundation® (TSF) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research that educates the public and transforms markets. Since 2010, TSF has published its annual National Solar Jobs Census, which established the first credible solar jobs base line for the U.S. The Solar Foundation is considered the nation’s authority on the solar workforce and advises many organizations on the topic. TSF is the leading nonprofit technical assistance provider for local governments through its work with the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, TSF chairs the National Solar Schools Consortium, a group of stakeholders seeking to make solar a larger part of the national K-12 system. More at www.TheSolarFoundation.org

 

About BW Research Partnership:

BW Research is widely regarded as the national leader in labor market analysis for emerging industries and clean energy technologies. BW Research provides high quality data and keen insight into economic and workforce issues related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation, recycling, water, waste, and wastewater management, and other environmental fields. The principals of the firm are committed to providing research and analysis for data-driven decision-making. More at http://www.bwresearch.com/

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