Vermont among leaders in solar jobs per capita

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Vermont among leaders in solar jobs per capita

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 11:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new report by The Solar Foundation cites Vermont as a national leader in the solar industry, ranking third for the number of solar jobs per capita. Between 2015 to 2016, solar jobs in Vermont grew by 29 percent, with an additional 400 solar jobs created in the state last year.

“Each solar job means that a skilled craftsman, a recent college graduate, or an entrepreneur is able earn a stable living to feed their family, support their community, and stay in Vermont,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont Executive Director. “The clean energy industry continues to stand out as a bright spot in Vermont’s economy, bringing jobs to every corner of the State.

Solar jobs provide living wages, with the national median wage for solar installers at $26.00 per hour, according to the report.

“Vermont's solar workers are working hard to help their neighbors, farms, schools, and towns achieve energy independence and save money with clean, renewable energy,” said Campbell Andersen.  “Vermont’s clean energy policies, particularly net metering, are critically important to ensuring access to electricity cost savings as well as maintaining jobs and growing our economy.”

Highlights from Solar Jobs Census 2016:

  • One out of every 50 new jobs added in the United States in 2016 was created by the solar industry, representing 2% percent of all new jobs.

  • Solar jobs in the United States have increased at least 20 percent per year for the past four years, and jobs have nearly tripled since the first Solar Jobs Census was released in 2010.

  • Over the next 12 months, employers surveyed expect to see total solar industry employment increase by 10 percent to 286,335 solar workers.

  • In 2016, the five states with the most solar jobs were California, Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada, and Florida.

The Solar Foundation’s full report can be viewed online at www.solarjobcensus.org

Source: Renewable Energy Vermont 2.27.2017