Government survey revealed that number of jobs in solar energy sector has decreased by 8,000 jobs compared to 2017, however there is hope for improvement of the sector according to experts.
The Solar Foundation surveyed the overall performance of solar employment and stated that solar employment has grown 159%, from just over 93,000 to more than 242,000 jobs in all 50 states over the past nine years. The decrease of jobs in the last two years seems to not affect the future growth of the sectors due to the overwhelming success rate in the industry.
The decline in job rate was mainly due to uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to the Guardian stated in February 12, 2019. According to the report, the number of employees in solar energy sector is over twice more than the workers in the coal industry and almost five times as many workers as the nuclear industry.
Andrea Luecke, CEO of The Solar Foundation, said: “It’s an optimistic report despite the fact we’re seeing job declines over the past two years. That’s because the macro-picture since we first started tracking solar jobs in 2010 has exploded.”
Despite the reduction in employee rate in these two years in solar energy, the researchers are hoping for an extremely bright future of the industry in the U.S. and across the world. Ed Gilliland, the study author, said: “Prior to the tariffs set in January 2018, there was a lot of uncertainty in the industry, particularly among large energy utilities which delayed their projects and we saw less installation in the first three-quarters of the year.”
The researchers believe that the recent policy goal issued by states to make energy consumption 100% renewable over the next three decades will also provide an important boost the sector.