The solar industry continues to be an important engine driving job growth in America, creating jobs at a rate 6 times faster than the overall job market. The TSF report released on November 2nd shows 13% growth in U.S. solar jobs with 119,000 people currently employed by the industry nationwide. Solar Job Training Link
Andrea Luecke, TSF Executive Director, explains: “Our census findings indicate that these new jobs are highly skilled in nature, including solar installation, sales, marketing and software development. These new solar industry jobs are sustainable, cannot be outsourced and play a critical role in our country’s economic recovery.”
In order to meet the need for more skilled solar industry workers into the future, the Department of Energy is expanding its Solar Instructor Training Network. Launched in 2009, the network is composed of nine Regional Training Providers (RTP’s) that “help fulfill a critical need for high-quality, local, and accessible training in solar system design, installation, sales, and inspection through train-the-trainer programs.”
The Regional Training Provider here in Hawaii is the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges through the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT).
These solar job figures reflect a continued strong demand for clean energy generation, a decline in costs for solar hardware and a commitment to research and development by the Energy Department. Bottom line, it’s a great time to get solar. State and federal tax credits combined with Hawaii’s high price of energy make solar a great long term investment for homeowners and businesses, and a great long term investment for our environment and future generations.