Solar energy jobs remain stable in Wisconsin despite national workforce decline

MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – Wisconsin’s solar industry jobs have remained stable during the COVID-19 pandemic despite a decline in the national workforce, a new report said Friday.

According to the 2020 National Solar Jobs Census study, there has been a 6.7% decline in the national workforce as of 2019.

At the national level, 231,474 workers were employed in the solar industry last year, including anyone who spends 50% or more of their time in solar activities. In Wisconsin, jobs in this area increased from 2,871 in 2019 to 2,910 in 2020.

Wisconsin also ranks twenty-sixth nationwide for all solar employment.

“Wisconsin’s accumulated solar capacity more than doubled in 2020,” said Heather Allen, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin.

As growth takes place, RENEW Wisconsin adds that it will require significant workforce growth to meet President Biden’s 100% clean power target by 2035.

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