Arizona Solar jobs and industry shining bright
ARIZONA – With more than 9,100 solar workers, Arizona ranks third in the nation in solar jobs. The Solar Foundation released its Arizona Solar Jobs Census 2014 last week, and the Arizona solar industry added 612 new solar jobs, growing by seven percent last year. From November 2013 to November 2014, Arizona’s solar employment rate grew four times faster than the state’s annual employment rate.
“For years, Arizona has been a leader in the solar industry,” said former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. “Harnessing the power of the sun to generate clean electricity makes great economic and environmental sense. It is heartening that Arizona ranks third in the nation in solar jobs – and that its growth trajectory continues upward. Ensuring long-lasting success for the Arizona solar industry will pay great dividends for Arizonans and the state’s economy.”
An original analysis prepared for this report found that, should all Arizona utilities meet the requirement of the current Renewable Energy Standard with solar photovoltaics, nearly 1.3 billion gallons of water could be saved each year by 2040. This is equivalent to the water required to grow nearly 110 million pounds of lettuce in Yuma (a region that accounts for nearly 90 percent of the winter lettuce produced in the country), worth nearly $24 million.
Arizona solar employers are also optimistic about 2015, expecting the total number of solar jobs to climb to 11,101 by the end of this year.
The National Solar Jobs Census 2014 – of which the Arizona and other state Census reports are an offshoot – was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research Partnership with support from The George Washington University. The national report, derived from data collected from more than 7,600 U.S. businesses, measured employment growth in the solar industry between November 2013 and November 2014.
The full National Solar Jobs Census and State Solar Jobs Census reports with district level jobs for California, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Texas and New York are available at www.TSFcensus.org. Job numbers and rankings of economic indicators for all 50 states are available in The Solar Foundation’s updated State Solar Jobs Map at www.SolarStates.org.