The National Solar Jobs Census is the first and most authoritative national benchmark for solar jobs research, serving a critical role in understanding the impact of solar energy development in the United States. Annual updates to the figures in the reports below capture a snapshot of the rapidly growing workforce.
First conducted in 2010, the National Solar Jobs Census uses a rigorous, dual methodology to derive total solar employment figures, as well as important insights as reported by the thousands of employers who participate in data collection. As of November 2016, the solar industry employs over 260,000 solar workers. Explore the detailed sector information and reports from previous years.
The Solar Jobs Map is a unique resource providing information on solar employment in specific regions. The map, to be updated in March 2017, provides employment figures and policy information for geographic areas including: states, regions, counties, federal and legislative districts, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas as of November 2015.
The research behind these state reports was performed using the same survey-based methods developed for the award-winning National Solar Jobs Census series. The Census 2015 effort culminated with 14 unique state solar jobs reports, which contain granular solar employment information at the state and federal legislative district level. Read the full reports, released February 2016, for detailed information on each state, or read the State Solar Jobs Compendium report for an overview of all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the nine U.S. regions.
In 2014, The Solar Foundation and Operation Free released a joint report on veterans working in the American solar industry. The report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future, highlights the contributions of veterans to the solar industry, using data derived from the National Solar Jobs Census 2013. The first-of-its-kind report shows that veterans are employed within the solar industry at higher-than-average rates, and are expected to grow with the overall workforce.