U.S. solar workforce fell in 2020, but industry hopes for rebound


This image shows a team of workers installing solar panels on a home in California.

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More than 231,000 workers were employed by America’s solar industry last year, according to a new report published Thursday, representing a 6.7% decline compared to the year before.

Released by the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, The Solar Foundation, and BW Research, the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 tallied workers who spend “50% or more of their time working on solar related activities.”

According to the report, the coronavirus pandemic “was largely responsible for the job decline.” Companies, it added, had “yet to fully recover…


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