Release of State Specific Solar Jobs Data
The 2013 Solar Jobs Census Report, based on a comprehensive survey of over 15,000 solar businesses from across the country, found that the solar industry grew at 10 times the national average last year, creating 24,000 new jobs. Survey respondents cited declining equipment costs as the primary driver behind the industry’s remarkable growth and were optimistic about creating new jobs in 2014. Since the start of the annual Census in 2010, U.S. solar industry employment has increased 53 percent and now employs more than 142,000 Americans.
The speakers announced state specific solar employment numbers and discussed the survey's results, policy-related findings, the demographic makeup of the solar industry, and progress on the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, which strives to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020.
Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation
Amit Ronen, Director of the George Washington University Solar Institute and Professor at GWU's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy
Bob Powell, President of SunEdison North America
Jason Walsh, Senior Advisor for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy