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New Mexico

Solar J obs ce nsus 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 Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census. Visit to view an
interactive map of solar jobs in 2016 by state, county, metro area, and congressional district—and more.

1,029 New Solar Jobs, 2016

State State Ranking for
Solar Jobs Number of Solar 54% Solar Jobs Growth, 2016
2,929 Jobs Nationwide 8% Projected Solar Jobs

Solar Jobs State Ranking Growth, 2017
for Solar Jobs 9% Veterans in State Solar
Per Capita
Workforce, 2016

Sales/ Project
Solar Jobs Installation Manufacturing Distribution Development Other
by Sector
(Change from 2015) 1,160 851 401 172 344
(101% increase) (115% increase) (16% increase) (31% decrease) (4% increase)

Solar How Solar Workers
Spend Their Time
Enough Solar

State Ranking to Power
Context for Installed
Solar Capacity 144,851 Solar 16%
Homes Residential Commercial Utility-Scale
Solar Solar Solar

20% I.O.U./
Solar Policy 10% Co-op by 2020
State Ranking for
Context B Net Metering
Policy Grade
Renewable Portfolio
Standard Target
Average Electricity Price
(Highest to Lowest)

A Interconnection
Policy Grade
20% of RPS Target
by 2020
Renewable Portfolio
Solar jobs grew 179 times faster
than the overall state economy
in 2016.
Standard Solar Carveout

Figures are from The Solar Foundation’s 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

Bernalillo County 1,677

Santa Fe County 282

San Juan County 182

Lea County 135
B Eddy County 88