A new report released by the national non-profit, The Solar Foundation, found Vermont to be #3 in solar jobs per capita in the country. This marks the third year in a row Vermont is in the top-3 for solar jobs.
Additionally, a Vermont specific jobs census within the report, finds that:
- Solar employers expect the number of solar workers to grow 13% over the next 12 months – far above the projected growth rate of the state’s workforce as a whole
- Installation firms employ the largest portion – at 58.8% – of the Vermont solar workforce, followed by manufacturing firms at 18.4%
- Vermont for the first time topped 20,000 homes powered by solar and ranks 21st in cumulative solar capacity installed nationally
“The job-creating strength of our industry is testament to Vermont’s innovative and entrepreneurial energy business environment as well as stable state policies,” said Jeff Forward, Renewable Energy Vermont chair. “This report confirms what we all know: solar jobs will continue to fuel our state’s economy and power our future growth.”
“This national report also confirms that Vermont can either incubate its share of new solar jobs or they will go elsewhere around the country,” added Forward.