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US Solar Industry Growth Continues To Smash Records

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US Solar Industry Growth Continues To Smash Records

This is certainly an exciting time to work in solar. Solar jobs increased by 51,000 workers from 2015 to 2016, an employment jump of 25%. 260,077 solar workers in 2016 is nearly triple that of the solar employment in 2010. The US solar market grew a staggering 95% in 2016, nearly doubling its annual record at 14,626 megawatts. For more details, please read this helpful infographic to see the encouraging economic results of the solar industry in 2016. A few highlights include:

  • Installation jobs increased 14% in the solar industry

  • The median wage for solar installers is $26 per hour

  • Manufacturing grew by 26%

  • Solar jobs are accessible to everyone since 67% of solar jobs do not require advanced education

  • Diversity in solar is increasing and employing veterans

  • The solar industry is meeting or surpassing the number of people employed in the coal and natural gas industries


Power Panel is proud to be a part of the expanding US job market. Our solar panels are manufactured right here in the USA. By leveraging proven automotive manufacturing methods, we can keep costs down on our cutting-edge solar thermal hybrid technologies. Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved.