Solar industry job growth in Wisconsin increased by 45 percent last year, bringing it to 2,800 workers, the Milwaukee Business Journals reported. This growth marks an impressive jump from the 1,900 solar jobs the state accounted for in 2015.
"Solar energy is a growth industry and it is outstanding to see Wisconsin-based businesses adding jobs to meet the demand for increased solar installations in Wisconsin and throughout the country," RENEW Wisconsin Executive Director Tyler Huebner told the news source. "But Wisconsin's solar energy job growth potential has just begun to be tapped. Solar makes up less than 1 percent of Wisconsin's electricity production."
On a national level, in 2016 solar employment grew by a quarter, totaling 260,000 workers in manufacturing, project development, sales and distribution, installation and others. The Business Journals added that, employment wise, the American solar industry is now about the same size as the natural gas sector and double that of the the coal industry. More, solar accounted for one in every 50 new U.S. jobs last year.
According to Computer World, this shows that the growth of the solar industry is accelerating at a 17 times faster pace than the overall economy of the country. The source added that energy storage - particularly wind energy - is also quickly growing.