The U.S. solar industry employs more than 230,000 workers as of 2020, according to the 11th annual National Solar Jobs Census.
First published by The Solar Foundation 2010, the National Solar Jobs Census is the definitive measure of solar energy industry employment in the United States. This report charts the growth of the solar workforce alongside the rise of solar energy as a major contributor to the U.S. energy supply and the economy.
This report tracks solar jobs data nationwide and in all 50 states. It features in-depth analysis on jobs by market segment, demographics, and workforce development trends.
The most recent report, National Solar Jobs Census 2020, was published in spring 2021. This edition was a collaborative effort between Solar Energy Industries Association, The Solar Foundation, and IREC. Primary data collection and analysis is performed by BW Research Partnership, the premier independent energy employment research firm.
Following its merger with The Solar Foundation, IREC will publish the next edition of the Solar Jobs Census in early 2022. Previous editions of the report can be found below.
NEW: IREC has published an in-depth fact sheet on solar jobs in California. Download the fact sheet here.
Over 230,000 Solar Workers
The number of solar workers declined 7% from 2019 to 2020, mainly due to the pandemic.
Despite job losses, the solar industry installed record levels of solar capacity in 2020, due to a rise in labor productivity.
Wages for solar workers are similar to or higher than similar occupations in other industries.
Growth to Accelerate
Solar jobs will need to exceed 900,000 by 2035 to reach the 100% clean electricity goal set by President Biden.
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By the Numbers
Solar Workers in 2020
Net Solar Jobs Growth Since 2010
States With Solar Job Growth Since 2015
In Depth: Solar Workforce Development
In a fast-growing industry, solar companies face the challenge of hiring diverse and qualified workers. Read these case studies from recent years on companies that are taking the lead.
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Solar Jobs By State
The National Solar Jobs Census has tracked job growth in all 50 states since 2015.
California Fact Sheet: Solar Jobs Census 2020
Despite recent job losses, California remains by far the top solar employer in the United States with 68,677 solar jobs. This fact sheet presents an in-depth look at the solar workforce in California.
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