(Des Moines) The future is looking bright for the solar industry in the state and nationwide, with a record number now working in the field. According to The Solar Foundation's Philip Haddix, solar-industry employment grew by almost 20-percent since 2012 to reach 242-thousand jobs across the U-S; and locally...
"Iowa also grew. Our estimate shows 680 jobs for 2013, up from 210 in the previous year. So that's the addition of 470 jobs."
For the purpose of this study, Haddix says a solar worker is defined as anyone who spends at least half their time on related work.
"But what we have found in this year's study and in previous years' studies is that over 90-percent of those who meet the definition of a solar worker actually spend 100-percent of their time on solar. So it's a definition we're pretty happy with."
Nationally Haddix says about half of all solar jobs are in installation, with manufacturing the next biggest sector, accounting for about a quarter of solar-related jobs.
Iowa News Service
February 17, 2014