The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation (TSF) are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce in the solar industry.
Each year, The Solar Foundation releases its National Solar Jobs Census, a report that tracks employment in the U.S. solar industry. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the solar labor market in the United States, and is a critical resource in educating policymakers and the general public about the economic impact of solar energy.
The SEIA team prepared this Annual Report as a means of communicating the association’s successes in 2018 and our priorities and deliverables in 2019. We believe the efforts outlined in this report will help us compete against the intensifying efforts of much better-funded opponents who are trying to put a halt to solar growth.
The growth of solar in the United States provides a tremendous opportunity to address some of the greatest challenges faced by lower-income communities: the high cost of housing, unemployment, and pollution. Solar can provide long-term financial relief to families struggling with high and unpredictable energy costs, living-wage jobs in an industry where the workforce has increased 168% over the past seven years, and a source of clean, local energy sited in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by traditional power generation.