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New State Solar Jobs Numbers: California Holds Top Spot, Nevada Jumps to #1 Per Capita, Massachusetts Up to 2nd in Overall State Rankings

The Solar Foundation’s State Solar Jobs Map Contains Updated Solar Jobs Numbers and Industry Rankings for All 50 States

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 12, 2015 – The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, today released state-by-state data from its annual National Solar Jobs Census effort via the State Solar Jobs Map (www.SolarStates.org). The new data show that California continues to hold the top spot in solar jobs nationally and is the first state to ever surpass 50,000 solar jobs with 54,680. Nevada—the fastest growing state with 146% solar jobs growth in 2014—moved into the number one position for solar jobs per capita. Massachusetts passed Arizona to rise to number two in the national state rankings. Twenty-eight states (including the District of Columbia) saw positive growth over 2014.

“I am proud that Nevada leads the nation in solar jobs and opportunities. Nevada is emerging as a leader in new technology and innovation and this announcement demonstrates the possibilities within our state if we continue to recruit the growing industries of the 21st century,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. “I would like to thank all Nevadans who have embraced the solar industry and thank the many solar companies who saw the opportunity in the Silver State and joined the Nevada family.”

“The clean energy economy in Massachusetts is thriving, spurred by the Commonwealth’s innovative spirit, diverse clean technology industry, strong public-private partnerships, and world class academic institutions,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “I am proud that Massachusetts remains a leader in transforming our country’s energy future while creating real economic growth here in the Commonwealth.”

“The opportunities for renewable energy production in Nevada, specifically solar, are limitless and continue to serve as an important engine of economic growth and job creation,” said Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). “Putting solar energy on the same playing field as other important energy resources is critical to our state’s and our nation’s energy future. No doubt, I am proud to see Nevada playing a leading role in our nation’s pursuit of a 21st century ‘all of the above’ energy strategy.”

“Solar jobs growth is coming from new and exciting places. California is still the undisputed leader—but states like Minnesota, Illinois and North Carolina are growing aggressively. Since we first started estimating state level jobs in 2012, nearly half of the states have doubled (or more) the size of their workforce,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation.

Key data from TSF’s State Solar Jobs Map:

Most Jobs

  1. California
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Arizona
  4. New York
  5. New Jersey
Most Jobs Per Capita

  1. Nevada
  2. Vermont
  3. Hawaii
  4. California
  5. Massachusetts
Highest % Job Growth

  1. Nevada
  2. Minnesota
  3. Illinois
  4. North Carolina
  5. Texas

Solar jobs numbers, as well as an assessment and ranking of industry indicators for all 50 states, are available at The Solar Foundation’s State Solar Jobs Map, www.SolarStates.org. A more detailed analysis of the Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Texas solar markets that includes statistically significant district-level jobs numbers, as well as the National Solar Jobs Census 2014, can be found at www.TSFcensus.org.

The National Solar Jobs Census 2014 – of which the State Solar Jobs Map is an offshoot – was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research Partnership with support from The George Washington University. The full 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.

 

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

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