Solar energy jobs remain stable in Wisconsin despite national workforce decline
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Jobs in the solar energy industry of Wisconsin have remained stable throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a national workforce decline, one new report finds Friday.
There was a 6.7% decline in the national workforce from 2019, the study from the 2020 National Solar Jobs Census declares.
On a national scale, there were 231,474 workers in the solar industry last year, which includes anyone who spends 50% or more of their time working on solar-related activities. In Wisconsin, jobs in this field went up from 2,871 in 2019 to 2,910 in 2020.
Wisconsin also ranks twenty-sixth nationally for all solar-related employment.
“Wisconsin’s cumulative solar capacity more than doubled in 2020,” said Heather Allen, RENEW Wisconsin’s Executive Director.
While there is growth happening, RENEW Wisconsin adds a significant workforce growth is needed to reach president Biden’s 100% clean electricity goal by 2035.
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