Thomas Robinson | April 21, 2020
Almost 250,000 Americans worked in solar jobs as of 2019, a 2.3% increase since 2018 as reported in the 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census. The solar industry is seeing an increase in employment after decreasing numbers the past two years. The results of the census are summarized in an interactive website which provides data for each state down to the county scale.
Iowa employed over 800 people with solar jobs in 2019, ranking 39th in the country. While not a leader in solar energy, Iowa is the state with the second highest wind energy capacity, with wind energy representing more than a third of the state’s electricity production as of 2016. Renewable energy represents almost two-fifths of Iowa’s electricity generation, and the proportion is only expected to continue to increase.
Employment in solar nationally has increased by over 167% within the past decade alongside a 70% drop in cost within the same time frame. To ensure the future of solar energy, an MIT study suggests that government policies are required to incentivize it’s use and to continue the growth caused by the continuing drop in prices.