Florida added 1,700 solar jobs in 2016

State ranks fifth in nation for solar jobs

By WJXT Staff
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Florida gained 1,700 jobs in solar energy industries in 2016, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2016 released by The Solar Foundation. Florida now has a total of 8,260 solar workers, up from 6,560 in 2015, and the state ranks fifth in the nation for the number of solar jobs by state. 

Nationwide, solar industry employment increased by over 51,000 jobs to a total of 260,077 U.S. solar workers, a 25 percent increase over 2015.

Florida trails California, Massachusetts, Texas and Nevada in number of solar industry jobs. Manufacturing, installation, project development, sales and distribution jobs all saw an increase nationwide. Since 2010, The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census has defined solar workers as those who spend at least 50 percent of their time on solar-related work. The Solar Foundation has consistently found that approximately 90 percent of those workers spend 100 percent of their time on solar-related work. 

The full report can be found at SolarJobsCensus.org.

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