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Rhode Island

So lar Jo bs ce ns 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 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.

State State Ranking for
235 New Solar Jobs, 2016
Solar Jobs Number of Solar 25% Solar Jobs Growth, 2016
1,176 Jobs Nationwide
10% Projected Solar Jobs

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

Sales/ Project
Solar Jobs Installation Manufacturing Distribution Development Other
by Sector
(Change from 2015) 628 118 157 223 51
(5% decrease) (65% increase) (161% increase) (88% increase) (70% increase)

Solar How Solar Workers
Spend Their Time
Enough Solar

to Power
Context State Ranking
for Installed
Solar Capacity 4,179 Solar
7% 2%
Homes Residential Commercial Utility-Scale
Solar Solar Solar

Solar Policy 14.5% by 2019
State Ranking for
Context A Net Metering
Policy Grade
Renewable Portfolio
Standard Target
Average Electricity Price
(Highest to Lowest)

B Interconnection
Policy Grade
Renewable Portfolio
Solar jobs grew 77 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.
Counties by
Solar Jobs in 2016

Providence County 687

Kent County 195

Washington County 144

Newport County 112

Bristol County 38