WASHINGTON, DC - Growing at an annual rate of more than 20 percent – far outpacing the growth of the overall U.S. economy, a new report released today shows that the U.S. solar industry added more than 31,000 jobs in 2014, bringing total employment in the sector to 173,807 workers. The results were released by The Solar Foundation (TSF), a widely-respected, non-profit organization.
Across the U.S., the solar industry is growing rapidly--employing more than 119,000 people and contributing $11.5 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.
This growth has been spurred by good policies, like renewable portfolio standards (RPS), that allow solar to be part of the energy mix. RPS policies have been passed by 29 states and require utilities to get at least a part of their energy from renewable sources. These policies are helping move this country to a new energy future--one that is more stable, secure and clean.
However, right now there are aggressive, nationwide efforts to repeal renewable portfolio standards state-by-state. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is fighting back.
- SEIA: Renewable Portfolio Standards
- Berkeley National Laboratory Report: Supporting Solar Power in Renewables Portfolio Standards: Experience from the United States
- SEIA: Solar Industry Data