Tracking Solar Jobs
The Solar Foundation’s
National and State Solar Jobs Census 2013
About The Solar Foundation
National 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose
mission is to increase understanding
of solar energy through...
Census Series
Highly Rigorous Survey-Based Count of
“Solar Workers”

“Solar worker”
spends at least 50%
of their time
working on solarre...
Employment By Industry Sector

Installation

Manufacturing

Project
Development
Photo Credits from Left to Right: First So...
Industry Comparisons
142,698

160,000
116,100

140,000
120,000
100,000

86,122

89,838

80,000
60,000
40,000
20,000
0
US I...
Drivers of Growth
Installed Price ($/
W)

Capacity-Weighted Average Installed Costs,
2010-2013
$7.00
$6.00
$5.00
$4.00
$3....
Explosive Downstream Growth

Source: The Solar Foundation, National Solar Jobs Census 2013 (January 2014)
California is home to more than 40% of the total
installed solar capacity in the US and employs one third
of all solar wor...
Breakdown by Solar Employment Sectors
in California

CA employers
expect to add
10,500 (22.3%)
in 2014,
representing
47% o...
Arizona
Despite having the best solar resource in the US, AZ lost more
than any other state. Yet it still accounts for six...
Minnesota
MN has 858 solar jobs,
representing a 73%
growth rate over 2012
MN employers are bullish,
with 28% expected grow...
State by State Snapshots

Interactive map with all 50
states at: www.SolarStates.org
Four Noteworthy States
Top Solar Jobs States
1. CA = 47,223*
2. AZ = 8,558
3. NJ = 6,500
4. MA = 6,400*
5. NY = 5,000*
6. TX = 4,100
7. FL = 4,00...
Rank Change from 2012 to 2013
10
8
6
4
2
0
-2

NY

TX

FL

OH

CO

NC

PA

TN

MO

OR

MI

HI

GA

-4
-6
-8

CA, AZ, NJ, a...
Growth	
  Rate	
  of	
  Top	
  Ten	
  (and	
  MN)	
  
140%	
  

120%	
  

100%	
  

80%	
  

60%	
  

40%	
  

20%	
  

0%...
Highest	
  Growth	
  Rates	
  From	
  2012	
  to	
  2013	
  
700%	
  

600%	
  

500%	
  

400%	
  

300%	
  

200%	
  

1...
Questions:
Andrea Luecke
Executive Director

info@solarfound.org
202-469-3732
www.TheSolarFoundation.org
www.TSFcensus.org...
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2013 Solar Foundation Jobs Census

  1. 1. Tracking Solar Jobs The Solar Foundation’s National and State Solar Jobs Census 2013
  2. 2. About The Solar Foundation National 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research that educates the public and transforms markets. www.TheSolarFoundation.org
  3. 3. Census Series
  4. 4. Highly Rigorous Survey-Based Count of “Solar Workers” “Solar worker” spends at least 50% of their time working on solarrelated activities Photo Credit: groSolar
  5. 5. Employment By Industry Sector Installation Manufacturing Project Development Photo Credits from Left to Right: First Solar, First Solar, NREL, groSolar, NREL Other Sales and Distribution
  6. 6. Industry Comparisons 142,698 160,000 116,100 140,000 120,000 100,000 86,122 89,838 80,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 0 US Iron and Steel Mill Industry Coal Mining US Auto Manufacturing (light duty vehicles, not including suppliers) US Solar Industry Source: The Solar Foundation and Bureau of Labor Statistics
  7. 7. Drivers of Growth Installed Price ($/ W) Capacity-Weighted Average Installed Costs, 2010-2013 $7.00 $6.00 $5.00 $4.00 $3.00 $2.00 $1.00 $0.00 Source: SEIA and GTM Research, "Solar Market Insight" report series
  8. 8. Explosive Downstream Growth Source: The Solar Foundation, National Solar Jobs Census 2013 (January 2014)
  9. 9. California is home to more than 40% of the total installed solar capacity in the US and employs one third of all solar workers in the nation.
  10. 10. Breakdown by Solar Employment Sectors in California CA employers expect to add 10,500 (22.3%) in 2014, representing 47% of all solar workers nationwide Installer Manufacturer Distributor CA workers earn more than national solar workers California added 3,500 jobs in 2013 to reach a total of 47,233 solar jobs Project Developer Other Installation = 60% of workers Manufacturing = 30% Project Development = 6%
  11. 11. Arizona Despite having the best solar resource in the US, AZ lost more than any other state. Yet it still accounts for six percent of national solar employment. AZ employers are cautiously optimistic for 2014, expecting 5.6% growth.
  12. 12. Minnesota MN has 858 solar jobs, representing a 73% growth rate over 2012 MN employers are bullish, with 28% expected growth in 2014 MN is mandated to increase its solar capacity by 30 fold by 2020 Photo Courtesy Solar Services, Inc.
  13. 13. State by State Snapshots Interactive map with all 50 states at: www.SolarStates.org
  14. 14. Four Noteworthy States
  15. 15. Top Solar Jobs States 1. CA = 47,223* 2. AZ = 8,558 3. NJ = 6,500 4. MA = 6,400* 5. NY = 5,000* 6. TX = 4,100 7. FL = 4,000* 8. OH = 3,800 9. CO = 3,600 10. NC = 3,100* 11. 12. 12. 13. 13. 14. 14. 15. 16. 17. 17. PA = 2,900 MO = 2,800* TN = 2,800 OR = 2,700 MI = 2,700 GA = 2,600* HI = 2,600 NV = 2,400 IL = 2,100 WA = 2,000 MD = 2,000 *grew by 1,500 jobs or more
  16. 16. Rank Change from 2012 to 2013 10 8 6 4 2 0 -2 NY TX FL OH CO NC PA TN MO OR MI HI GA -4 -6 -8 CA, AZ, NJ, and MA retained their places in the Top Four Substantial movement among the rest of the Top States
  17. 17. Growth  Rate  of  Top  Ten  (and  MN)   140%   120%   100%   80%   60%   40%   20%   0%   CA   -­‐20%   AZ   NJ   MA   NY   TX   FL   OH   CO   NC   MN  
  18. 18. Highest  Growth  Rates  From  2012  to  2013   700%   600%   500%   400%   300%   200%   100%   0%   WY   SD   MT   WV   VT   OK   GA   IA   LA   UT   20 states doubled (or more than doubled) their solar jobs
  19. 19. Questions: Andrea Luecke Executive Director info@solarfound.org 202-469-3732 www.TheSolarFoundation.org www.TSFcensus.org www.SolarStates.org

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