07 Feb '18, 9am

The US Solar Industry Records Its First Year of Job Losses

The US Solar Industry Records Its First Year of Job Losses

Last year was a rough one for the U.S. solar industry. Adjustments following the 2016 solar boom, angst surrounding the Section 201 Trade Case, and a slowdown in established solar markets all contributed to an overarching 3.8 percent cutback in solar jobs over the past year, according to The Solar Foundation's latest National Solar Jobs Census. Between 2016 and 2017 the industry lost 9,800 jobs, marking the first drop ever recorded in the National Solar Jobs Census since it started collecting data in 2010. Adding to that list of challenges are a number of bankruptcies and snafus at high-profile companies such as SolarCity, according to GTM Research solar analyst Allison Mond. Some companies also had difficulty signing on new customers now that installers have picked the low-hanging fruit. While multiple factors contributed to the employment downturn, though, the record-sma...

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