Oregon increased its number of solar jobs by 96 in 2019—a 2 percent increase—according to a report released on Wednesday by The Solar Foundation’s “National Solar Jobs Census.”
The Solar Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been surveying the number of U.S solar industry jobs since 2010. Oregon currently has a solar employment of 3,750 workers, and the state ranks 22nd for number of solar jobs nationally, and 12th for solar jobs per capita, according to the report.
SOLAR JOBS WERE DECREASING: This increase in solar employment was preceded by a two-year period of decrease in the number of solar jobs in Oregon. After reaching a record number of 4,509 solar jobs in 2016, solar employment in the state decreased for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018.
This trend was seen nationally as well. In 2016 total U.S solar employment peaked at 260,077 jobs. After a two-years of decrease in 2017 and 2018, the total number of jobs fell to 244,340. Then in 2019, solar employment rose once again, almost reaching 250,000 jobs nationwide.
As a whole, the United States has a total of 249,983 solar workers and added more than 5,600 jobs nationally between 2018 and 2019. Since 2010, American solar jobs have increased by 167%, an addition of 156,000 jobs.
Solar employment increased in 31 states in 2019. Florida saw the greatest increase, followed by Georgia, Utah, New York and Texas.
By Tanveer Sandhu