Each year, The Solar Foundation (TSF) produces its National Solar Jobs Census report, tracking employment growth in the U.S. solar industry and providing unique insight into the nature of these jobs. Since the award-winning inaugural report was published in 2010, the Census series has found employment in solar has grown by over 50%, bringing the total number of solar workers to nearly 143,000 in 2013. In addition, TSF produced its first-ever “deep dive” into district-level solar employment in select states (California, Arizona, and Minnesota) using the same survey-based methods employed in the national study.
ICLEI Local Governments For Sustainability USA and The Solar Foundation – as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership – present a free webinar discussing the findings of the latest Census reports. The event also discusses the findings of the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Understanding Renewable Energy Businesses report, which provides state and local governments with insight into the assets and barriers renewable energy businesses consider when deciding whether to expand into – and thus create new jobs in – new areas. Our webinar will conclude with an overview of best practices local governments can use to help overcome some of the barriers identified in the IEDC report and what the Solar Outreach Partnership can do to help.
- Chad Tudenggongbu, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA
- Philip Haddix, The Solar Foundation
- Jess Chen, International Economic Development Council
- Riana Ackley, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA