You’ve probably heard the incredible news: Solar jobs in the United States shot up 25 percent in 2016 alone, to a total of 260,077 solar workers! In 2016, one out of 50 new jobs created was in solar. We were thrilled to release this data in our new National Solar Jobs Census 2016, our seventh annual authoritative report on the American solar workforce.
The public response to this year’s Census was simply unprecedented. The Census was featured in scores of high-profile media outlets and widely shared across social media. All of this is testament to the fact that our 2016 Census carries a powerful message: Solar energy is a job creator that is driving economic growth. More than ever, the world’s most abundant energy source deserves our full and enthusiastic support.
So here’s a huge thanks to all of you who helped make the Census possible. In particular, I want to send a big thanks to the Census sponsors: Energy Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Tilia Fund, Solar Energy Industries Association, Swinerton, E.ON, sPower, SunLink, Sungevity, Sierra Club, the California Energy Commission, and the State of New Mexico Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
Thanks as well to all of you who participated in the employment survey -- which was essential in order to compile the data. Last but not least, thanks to those who spread the word and helped make this year's Census a success!
President and Executive Director
Coming Next: SolarStates.Org
Next month, we’ll follow up on the national Census by releasing the annual update to SolarStates.org, an interactive website that breaks down the number of solar jobs by state, city, county, and congressional district. The updated website will include our latest information from the 2016 Census, providing an invaluable resource on the state of the solar workforce at the local level. Stay tuned!
Great to See You in D.C.!
We were so glad to see those of you who made it to our Solar Jobs Census release event in Washington, D.C. last week! We had a great turnout and enjoyed the opportunity to connect with many of you in the solar and clean energy community. We’ll see you again soon!
More News from Our Programs
SolSmart Advisors to Work in 11 Communities
SolSmartis excited to announce that 11 communities nationwide will be hosting SolSmart Advisors, experienced professionals who will help these communities cut red tape and reduce the cost of going solar. Municipalities, counties, and regional organizations applied to host the advisors through a competitive process. The SolSmart Advisors just completed a weeklong training in Washington, D.C. (pictured above) and will now work in the communities as full-time staff members for up to six months. Read the full list of communitieshere.
CivicPACE Speaks to National Audience
On February 15, CivicPACE teammate Urban Ingenuity presented on how solar can help fill in the capital stackwhen rehabilitating affordable housing properties thanks to PACE financing. The presentation in Denver was part of PACENation Summit, the largest annual conference focused on PACE financing, a growing tool being used now in a dozen states to make it easier for property owners to finance solar and efficiency improvements. Learn more about The Solar Foundation’s U.S. Department of Energy-funded CivicPACE program.
Save the Date! Summer Solstice 2017
Reminder: The Solar Foundation’s annual Summer Solstice event will be on June 22 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please join us in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the longest day of the year and the meteoric growth of solar energy! Learn more and save the date.
From Our Friends and Partners
Register for IREC IMPACT@35
Join the Interstate Renewable Energy Council on March 8 in Washington, D.C. from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate their 35th anniversary and honor the legendary accomplishments of Jane Weissman. Sign up no later than February 17 to receive a discount on your registration. Details and tickets here.
Learn More About SolSmart
Join the National League of Cities for a webinar to learn about two great opportunities to grow local solar markets, SolSmart and the Solar Community Challenge, and which is right for your community. Register now for Solar Technical Assistance Opportunities for Local Governments on Feb 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST.
Our mission is to accelerate adoption of the world’s most abundant energy source. Through our leadership, research, and capacity building, we create transformative solutions to achieve a prosperous future in which solar technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives. Visit us at TheSolarFoundation.org.
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