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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.

241 New Solar Jobs, 2016

State State Ranking for
Solar Jobs 73% Solar Jobs Growth, 2016
Number of Solar
Jobs Nationwide 11% Projected Solar Jobs

Solar Jobs State Ranking Growth, 2017
for Solar Jobs 5% Veterans in State Solar
Per Capita
Workforce, 2016

Sales/ Project
Solar Jobs Installation Manufacturing Distribution Development Other
by Sector
(Change from 2015) 443 27 42 15 44
(101% increase) (288% increase) (2% increase) (26% decrease) (8% increase)

Solar How Solar Workers
Spend Their Time
Enough Solar

State Ranking to Power
Context for Installed
Solar Capacity 4,504 Solar 12% 2%
Homes Residential Commercial Utility-Scale
Solar Solar Solar

Solar Policy 40% by 2017
State Ranking for
Context B Net Metering
Policy Grade
Renewable Portfolio
Standard Target
Average Electricity Price
(Highest to Lowest)

B Interconnection
Policy Grade
Renewable Portfolio
Solar jobs grew 32 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

Cumberland County 173

Waldo County 126

York County 53

Penobscot County 40

Kennebec County 37