Solar jobs down 14 percent in California, 3.8 percent nationally

Rob Nikolewski, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Business News

Solar jobs in California were down 14 percent in 2017, dragging down national numbers for the industry, according to an annual report.

Nationally, there was a 3.8 percent decline, marking the first year jobs have decreased since the survey was first released in 2010.

Among the reasons: 2016 was a banner year for the industry, the institution of time-of-use rates and concerns about solar tariffs.

The survey predicts a 5.2 percent increase in jobs in 2018.

Solar jobs in 2017 were down in California and the U.S. Here's the full story:

After experiencing consistent year-over-year growth, the number of jobs in the solar energy sector took a hit in 2017, with California absorbing the biggest blow.


Solar employment dropped 14 percent in California last year, which was largely responsible for a 3.8 percent decline nationwide, according to the National Solar Jobs Census released earlier this week.

It marks the first time jobs have dropped since the organization came out with its first annual report in 2010.

California lost 13,636 jobs in 2017, more than any other state.

"Being the biggest solar state, it's not surprising that California takes the biggest hit," said Ed Gilliland senior director for The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. that supports solar energy adoption and releases the census each year.


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