Jobs

Solar Adding More Jobs (FSLR, SPWRA, STP)

1. California – 25,575 jobs
California’s renewable energy target of 33% of total consumption from renewable sources by 2020 is driving the state’s development of solar systems. Solar manufacturing makes up 29% of the state’s solar jobs.

2. Colorado – 6,186 jobs
Colorado aims to produce 30% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Solar manufacturing accounts for 42% of the state’s solar jobs.

3. Arizona – 4,786 jobs
Arizona plans to generate 15% of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2025. Solar manufacturing accounts for 36% of the state’s solar employment.

4. Pennsylvania – 4,703 jobs
Pennsylvania plans to generate approximately 18% of its energy from renewable sources by 2021. Solar manufacturing accounts for 47% of the state’s solar jobs.

5. New York – 4,279 jobs
New York plans to generate  29% of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. Solar manufacturing jobs account for 32% of the state’s solar jobs.

6. Florida – 4,224 jobs
Florida is the only state in the top ten that has not adopted a renewable portfolio standard yet. The state also generates more electricity from oil burning than any other state.

7 (tie). Oregon & Texas – 3,346 jobs each
Oregon plans to generate 25% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Texas plans to install 5,880 megawatts of renewable generation by 2015. Texas already has more than 2,000 megawatts of wind generation. Oregon gets about two-thirds of its electricity from hydropower already.

9. New Jersey – 2,871 jobs
New Jersey plans to get 20.38% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2021. More than 50% of the state’s current generation comes from nuclear power plants.

10. Massachusetts – 2,395 jobs
Massachusetts expects to get 22.1% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The state has approved the first US offshore wind farm (Cape Wind) and currently gets about 25% of its power generation from coal.

Paul Ausick