Oregon eighth in nation for solar jobs

According to a new survey, Oregon ranks No. 8 in the nation for solar jobs.

According to a new survey, Oregon ranks No. 8 in the nation for solar jobs.

Oregon’s solar energy employs more than 3,300 workers, making it the nation’s eighth biggest state for solar jobs, according to a new study by the Solar Foundation.

But perhaps more noteworthy in the foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census is how much Oregon’s solar workforce has grown in a year.

Oregon’s solar industry was identified as having just 872 jobs in the foundation’s 2010 census, which projected the figure would rise 26 percent to 1,101.

Instead it grew 284 percent to 3,346 across 545 different employers, ranking it eighth overall and among the six fastest growing markets for solar employment, according to the foundation’s report.

As of August 2011, the National Solar Jobs Census 2011 identified more than 17,198 solar employment sites with 100,237 jobs, a growth rate of 6.8 percent.

California topped the list by a sizable margin.

Here’s the breakdown of the top states for solar jobs:

  1. California - 25,575 solar jobs
  2. Colorado - 6,186
  3. Arizona - 4,786
  4. Pennsylvania - 4,703
  5. New York - 4,279
  6. Florida - 4,224
  7. Texas - 3,346
  8. Oregon - 3,346
  9. New Jersey - 2,871
  10. Massachusetts - 2,395

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