Maryland Solar Industry Jobs Grow 29%: Now Ranks 13th Nationally
New Data from The Solar Foundation Finds Maryland Added 670 Solar Jobs in 2014
BALTIMORE, MD, Feb. 12, 2015 – The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit research and education organization, today released its Maryland Solar Jobs Census. The Census found that Maryland’s solar industry employed 3,012 Marylanders in 2014 and added 670 solar jobs over the previous year. Maryland’s 28.6% solar industry employment growth allowed it to jump to 13th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state. Solar employment in Maryland grew more than 40 times faster than the state employment growth rate of 0.7% percent during the same period.
“Maryland’s solar industry is an important part of our state’s economy—and growing every year. Adding 670 Maryland solar jobs in a year for the first time shows that we’re doing the right things to build the clean energy economy and need to build on that success,” said Maryland State Delegate Eric Luedtke (District 14).
“Maryland has a track record of solid solar jobs growth—but 2014 was their biggest year ever in terms of employment,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation. “Maryland’s recent jobs numbers have been particularly impressive—increasing by nearly 60% in just the last two years the state now ranks in the top fifteen in the country.”
Maryland solar employers are also optimistic about 2015, expecting the total number of solar jobs to climb to 3,794 by the end of this year (25.9% growth).
“We’re proud to be hiring and growing the solar industry here in Maryland,” said Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar. “Solar is creating quality Maryland jobs and saving Marylanders money on utility bills; our industry’s an economic growth engine that’s powering our state and region now – and in the future.”
“Maryland should be applauded for their efforts to build the clean energy economy and those efforts are paying-off with impressive job growth as this report shows. SolarCity is proud of the role we’re playing in growing the solar industry and creating jobs in Maryland,” said Lee Keshishian, SolarCity’s Regional Vice President of East Coast Operations.
The National Solar Jobs Census 2014 – of which the Maryland Solar Jobs Census is an offshoot – was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research Partnership with support from The George Washington University. The national 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 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. Jobs 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/