Along with Alex Winn of The Solar Foundation, Director Ronen provided a summary of the findings from the 2014 Solar Jobs Census to an audience of solar stakeholders attending the 2015 Solar Power International (SPI) conference.
Ronen talked about many of the remarkable results from last year's Census, including how the solar industry created 31,000 new jobs -- accounting for 1 in 78 new jobs in the United States last year -- and now employs about twice as many people as the U.S. mining industry.
The GW Solar Institute is again partnering with the The Solar Foundation and BW Research to develop and publish the 2015 Solar Jobs Census which will be released in February 2016. As in years past, the 2015 SPI conference marked the official launch of data collection for the 2015 census, which will likely involve over 65,000 phone calls and 25,000 emails to ensure an adequate sampling of America's diverse solar industry.
The Solar Jobs Census is the only source of this vital information about the state of the solar industry and is used extensively by solar advocates to highlight how solar is contributing to the American economy. For example, Vice President Biden, who spoke to this year's SPI attendees, cited the Census numbers in his speech, noting that "Since President Obama and I took office...solar power has increased 20-fold, grown jobs 86% to 174,000, and is expected to get to 210,000 jobs by the end of 2015." The Vice President's speech showed a deep understanding and committment to solar issues, saying that an energy transition "is within our reach – but there are challenges. The private sector can only thrive with certainty in the investor environment and with free and fair competition.”
We therefore strongly encourage all solar industry representatives to take the brief survey by clicking here before the October 14, 2015 deadline. As a token of appreciation, survey respondents can opt to receive a free copy of the "U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2014 Year in Review" report produced by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. This report is valued at $3,995.