US solar industry to create 24,000 jobs by Aug 2011 - survey

(ADPnews) - Nov 30, 2010 - Companies from the US solar power sector will create some 24,000 new jobs by August 2011, according to a survey conducted by the Solar Foundation.

In its recent report "National Solar Jobs Census 2010: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce", the non-profit organisation presented the results of a survey among over 2,400 solar company respondents from the solar value chain, including installation wholesale trade, manufacturing, etc. Over 50% of the polled solar sector employers talked about plans to raise their companies' headcount by an average of 26% on the year, which, according to the Solar Foundation, will lead to 24,000 new jobs by August. Only 2% of the polled planned job cuts.

"Employment numbers are a terrific indicator of our industry's health, and the Solar Foundation's report confirms what we already know: demand for solar technology has not slowed," commented Tyson Rohde, president and chief executive of GoSolarUSA.

As of August 2010, there were over 16,700 solar employment sites and 93,000 sector-related working positions in the US, the research organisation reports.

More stories to explore
Share this story
About the author
Browse all articles from Veselina Petrova

Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.

More articles by the author
5 / 5 free articles left this month
Get 5 more for free Sign up for Basic subscription
Get full access Sign up for Premium subscription