Solar Energy Sector Lost 8,000 Jobs in US Last Year, But Future Looks Bright – Report

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The solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday. But according to the Solar […]

But according to the Solar Foundation the future is still bright for solar. Despite the two-year dip, solar employment has grown 159%, from just over 93,000 to more than 242,000 jobs in all 50 states over the past nine years and the report concludes the long-term outlook for solar energy production is positive.

According to Luecke, the long-term prospects for the solar industry remain “extremely bright” in the US and globally. Jobs growth remains positive, having added 100,000 jobs, an increase of roughly 70% over the past five years. By comparison, US employment as a whole has only grown 9.13% over the same period.


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