SEIA News Release, May 6, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research.
“The solar industry continues to support hundreds of thousands of jobs across all 50 states, and even during a pandemic, our companies largely were able to keep workers on the job,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. “We now have an opportunity to quadruple our workforce, adding diversity and supporting underserved communities by taking policy steps that incentivize solar and storage deployment and provide long-term certainty for solar businesses.” Read more here.
Download the report, view the interactive charts and explore the state map.
Solar Jobs: 1,246 (ranks #32)
Solar Jobs Per Capita: 1:1,576 (ranks #16)
Installed Solar Capacity: 62.96 MW (ranks #46)
ACP News Release
New study: Transmission policy would unlock clean energy growth, by Jesse Broehl, American Clean Power Association
Building just 22 high-voltage transmission lines that are currently on hold in the U.S. could increase national wind and solar generation by 50 percent and create approximately 1.2 million jobs, according to a new study from Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG).
The report, titled Transmission Projects Ready to Go: Plugging into America’s Untapped Renewable Resources, identifies 22 projects currently stalled because the nation lacks the right policies to recover costs of the large-scale interregional transmission needed at the national scale. These shovel-ready projects would unlock roughly 60,000 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy capacity, but policies relating to how long-range transmission is planned, paid for, and permitted are needed for these to move ahead. Click on this link to access the full report.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative, Department of the Interior. Initial report details vision for 10-year, locally led and voluntary nationwide effort to restore and conserve America’s lands, waters, and wildlife.
- ‘America the Beautiful’ Plan Debuts the Biden Administration’s Approach to Conserving the Environment and Habitat, by Katie Surma, Judy Fahys, Inside Climate News
- Previously Posted Article By Judy Fahys: A New Program Like FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps Could Help the Nation Fight Climate Change and Transition to Renewable Energy, Inside Climate News. Proposals currently being considered in Washington differ from the New Deal program because of a focus on employing women and people of color and tackling projects in underserved communities.
- Biden’s American Jobs Plan plan is smart climate policy. Here’s why, by Derek Walker, Environmental Defense Fund