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Solar Census: 10% of Solar Workforce is in LA Metro Area!

02/10/16

  02:18:00 pm, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 339 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power

Solar Census: 10% of Solar Workforce is in LA Metro Area!

As solar installers here is sunny SoCal (it is 84° headed to a high of 88° as I write this in mid-February), we have the sense that there is a great deal of competition in the Run on Sun service area for solar clients.  Well the freshly minted Solar Census 2015 now provides the hard numbers to back up that contention - more than 10% of the entire national solar workforce is located here in the Los Angeles Metro area! 
More fun facts follow…

Solar jobs across the USAccording to the folks at The Solar Foundation, as of 2015 there were 208,859 solar jobs nationwide, including 119,000 installation jobs - 57% of the total.  But here’s the shocker, 21,263 of those nearly 209,000 workers are right here in LA!  No wonder you can’t sneeze without bumping into someone in the biz! 

To help put that in perspective, LA’s municipal utility - LADWP, the largest muni in the country - only employs 8,600 people.  And while everybody has heard the names of the biggest solar companies out there, more than half of all the solar installation companies actually have 10 or fewer employees.  So if you are looking to Go Solar with a local company, the solar industry has you covered.

More broadly, that national total exceeds the number of direct jobs in both the nuclear and coal industries.  (In the electric energy sector, only natural gas has more direct jobs than does solar.)  And those jobs are growing by leaps  and bounds - with growth in solar jobs expected to increase by nearly 15%!  (No wonder the federal solar tax credit was extended - that’s a lot of jobs at stake.) 

Overall, there are 9,900 solar companies in the US that have installed solar on over 5 million homes.  Nationwide, the cost of energy from those home solar systems is just 10.5¢/kWh (comparable to what we see) which compares quite favorably with utility prices that start around 15¢ and go as high as 40¢!

We are proud to be a part of this growing movement - give us a call and let’s see if we can’t help you join the ranks of your five million solar neighbors!

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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