SC gains more than 1000 solar jobs in 2016
- Author: Ronnie Bowen Feb 09, 2017,
Feb 09, 2017, 0:41
This is against a backdrop of 24 percent growth nationwide that pushed American solar employment over 260,000 jobs previous year, according to the 2016 National Solar Jobs Census.
The Census defines solar workers as those who spend at least half of their time engaged in work related to the industry.
Last year, one in every 50 new jobs in the US last year were in the solar sector.
Those still hoping President Trump's focus on job creation could deliver dividends for the green economy were handed fresh ammunition yesterday, as a new report revealed one in every 50 new jobs created in the USA previous year was in the solar industry.
California has the highest number of solar jobs.
"You can't just take an axe to it", Luecke said, noting that her home state of Wisconsin, which helped secure Trump's victory in November, saw a fivefold increase in solar jobs previous year.
The solar energy industry experienced a serious boom in both the US and China last year, but for the second year in a row Canadian investments plummeted.
Luecke, noting President Donald Trump's support for the coal industry and other fossil fuels, said it would be a mistake to overlook the impact of the solar industry's growing base of jobs.
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Solar Foundation president and executive director Andrea Luecke said that solar jobs in the USA almost tripled since that initial report.
Luecke said her group's data shows the median wage in the solar industry is $26 dollars an hour, compared to the median wage in the country of just $20 dollars per hour.
Solar manufacturing is on the rise: Solar manufacturing added 7,839 workers in the United States a year ago, an increase of 26 percent, while the rest of America's manufacturing sector declined slightly.
The industry grew 17 times faster than the overall USA economy, with hiring spurts in 44 of 50 states.
One out of every 50 new U.S.jobs was in the solar industry.
"But Wisconsin's solar energy job growth potential has just begun to be tapped".
Approximately 41% of the 260,077 jobs were mostly in the residential market segment, while 28% were in commercial and 31% were in utility-scale project development.