Nevada still leads U.S. in solar jobs per capita, but tariffs hurt industry nationally

Solar Energy Project
The Nevada Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah. (Photo by BLM Nevada)
Solar Energy Project
The Nevada Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah. (Photo by BLM Nevada)

With 6,680 people working in the industry in 2018, Nevada had the highest number of solar jobs per capita in the nation, according to a report released by a solar advocacy group this week.

Nevada’s solar job growth in 2018 was 2 percent, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2018 released by The Solar Foundation.

Nevada has led the nation in solar jobs per capita since 2014.

Nationally, there were 242,343 solar industry workers in 2018, a decline of nearly 8,000 jobs form 2017, the second year in a row that solar jobs have declined in the U.S. Nearly a third of the nation’s solar jobs are in California.

“Nationwide, the jobs decline in 2018 reflects a slowdown in installed solar capacity,” the report said. “Solar companies delayed many utility-scale projects in late 2017 while awaiting the outcome of a petition for new tariffs on solar panels and cells. These delays led to reduced capacity growth and fewer jobs in the first three quarters of 2018.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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