National Solar Jobs Census 2011


On October 17th, The Solar Foundation, in partnership with GreenLMI and Cornell University, released its National Solar Jobs Census 2011 report!

 Read the: 





In part, Census 2011 found:

-         100,237 jobs as of August 2011

-         6.8% growth from August 2010 to August 2011 - growing nearly ten times faster than the overall economy

-         6,735 new solar jobs created between August 2010 and August 2011

-         Employers expect to increase their workforce by 24% next year, creating 24,000 net new solar jobs

Also included you will find: 

-         Top twenty states for solar jobs ranked

-         Recommendations for policymakers, workforce training providers, employers

-         Company profiles

-         Value chain breakdown for top five states


 Compared with the overall economy, which grew only 0.7% during that same period, the solar industry is an economic bright spot. Click here to read some reactions to our Census from some of the top solar leaders


Click below to read what the media is saying:

US News and World Report



San Diego Union Tribune

Triple Pundit

LA Times

Boston Globe


On camera interviews with Executive Director Andrea Luecke:

E&E News - OnPoint

Renewable Energy World

TigerComm Scaling Green


 Listen to an ICMA podcast with Andrea Luecke on the Census


Click below to read what people said about the prerelease of our top-line numbers:

Much like the award-winning National Solar Jobs Census 2010, Census 2011 sheds light on the solar industry's impact on the overall economy through labor market data. Building off of last year's highly defensible baseline jobs numbers, Census 2011 contains additional information on the top twenty states for solar jobs, employer workforce challenges and needs, and recommendations for employers, policymakers and workforce training providers.

For those of you joining us at Solar Power International in Dallas, don't miss our Census 2011 Release Party held at Dallas' Aloft Boutique Hotel on Wednesday, October 19th. Free copies of the full Census 2011 report will be available for those who attend!




The Solar Foundation invites you to its National Solar Jobs Census 2011 Release Party at Solar Power International on October 19th! 

In addition to free copies of the full Census 2011 report, fun retro-eclectic music by the Texas Gypsies Jazz Band, and great conversation, attendees will enjoy an open bar, margarita bar (yee haw!), light hors d'oeuvres and a video booth by TigerComm (for its cleantech blog Scaling Green) to capture your responses! Lecture series host, Mike Casey, will be interviewing industry leaders and innovators at the Scaling Green digital TV booth on job creation, supply chain management, and growing the US economy.

We hope you are able to attend. The event is sure to be a highlight of the conference!

      WHEN: October 19, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

      WHERE: ALOFT DALLAS DOWNTOWN 1033 Young Street - within walking distance of the Dallas Convention Center - Click here for a MAP

      This is a FREE event with a suggested donation of $25.

      Please RSVP. See you there!


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