We enjoy a lot of sunshine in our state, so it’s not surprising that the solar industry is doing well here. According to the 2017 Solar Jobs Census from the Solar Foundation, about 6,789 solar jobs exist in the state of Colorado, making it the ninth-highest state for solar employment. Here’s how solar employment breaks out by county:
Colorado added 785 new solar jobs in 2017— eighth highest growth rate in the country. We’re also ranked eighth for solar jobs per capita. Solar jobs grew five times faster than the overall state economy in 2017 according to the Solar Jobs Census. Projected jobs growth in 2018 is expected to be just more than 1 percent. Statewide, most job roles in the solar industry increased year over year from 2016 to 2017:
The state of Colorado is home to 437 solar companies, and 2.67 percent of electricity generation statewide comes from solar power. By comparison, California has 2,600 solar companies employing 86,414 people, and 15 percent of that state’s electricity comes from solar.
Second on the list is Massachusetts with 11,530 solar jobs, followed by New York, Texas, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey, Colorado, and Nevada. Nationwide, slightly above 250,000 people work in the solar industry.