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Solar jobs in Maryland grow

Posted on August 6, 2015

The number of solar jobs in Maryland have grown, according to the Solar Foundation.

The Maryland Solar Jobs Census found that Maryland’s solar industry employed 3,012 Marylanders in 2014 and added 670 solar jobs over the previous year. Maryland’s 28.6% solar industry employment growth allowed it to jump to 13th in rankings of highest number of solar jobs by state. Solar employment in Maryland grew more than 40 times faster than the state employment growth rate of 0.7% percent during the same period.

The National Solar Jobs Census 2014 – of which the Maryland Solar Jobs Census is an offshoot – was conducted by The Solar Foundation and BW Research Partnership with support from The George Washington University. The national report, derived from data collected from more than 7,600 U.S. businesses, measured employment growth in the solar industry between November 2013 and November 2014.

“We’re proud to be hiring and growing the solar industry here in Maryland,” said Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar. “Solar is creating quality Maryland jobs and saving Marylanders money on utility bills; our industry’s an economic growth engine that’s powering our state and region now – and in the future.”

“Maryland should be applauded for their efforts to build the clean energy economy and those efforts are paying-off with impressive job growth as this report shows. SolarCity is proud of the role we’re playing in growing the solar industry and creating jobs in Maryland,” said Lee Keshishian, SolarCity’s Regional Vice President of East Coast Operations.

“The study shows both aggressive hiring and clear optimism among solar companies,” said Philip Jordan, Vice President at BW Research Partnership. “Of particular interest was the continued high wages among solar installers nationwide. Additionally, we found that the U.S. installation sector is generally more diverse than other energy sectors, hiring African-Americans and Latinos at a faster rate than the oil, gas, coal and construction sectors.”

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