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So lar Jo bs ce n s u s 201 6
There were 260,077 solar workers in America in 2016, a 25 percent increase over a single year, based
on data collected for The Solar Foundations annual Solar Jobs Census. Visit to view an
interactive map of solar jobs in 2016 by state, county, metro area, and congressional districtand more.

State State Ranking for -513 New Solar Jobs, 2016
Solar Jobs Number of Solar -3% Solar Jobs Growth, 2016
14,582 Jobs Nationwide 17% Projected Solar Jobs

Solar Jobs State Ranking Growth, 2017
for Solar Jobs 10% Veterans in State Solar
Per Capita Workforce, 2016

Sales/ Project
Solar Jobs Installation Manufacturing Distribution Development Other
by Sector
(Change from 2015) 7,003 2,060 1,282 3,314 924
(20% decrease) (2% decrease) (42% increase) (18% increase) (70% increase)

Solar How Solar Workers

Spend Their Time
Enough Solar

State Ranking to Power
Context for Installed
Solar Capacity 237,446 Solar 16% 10%
Homes Residential Commercial Utility-Scale
Solar Solar Solar

Solar Policy 15% by 2020

Context Net Metering Renewable Portfolio State Ranking for
Policy Grade Standard Target Average Electricity Price

A Interconnection
Policy Grade
Renewable Portfolio
(Highest to Lowest)

Standard Solar Carveout

Figures are from The Solar Foundations National Solar Jobs Census along
with the following sources: Solar Energy Industries Association; Freeing the
Grid 2015; Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Electricity;
and the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Top Five Counties by
Solar Jobs in 2016

Middlesex County 4,390

Essex County 3,334

Suffolk County 2,181

Norfolk County 1,343

Plymouth County 862