North Carolina solar jobs grew 121% in 2013

Raleigh, NC—North Carolina has more than 3,100 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation. According to the analysis, North Carolina more than doubled the number of solar jobs from 2012, and added more jobs than every state except California, Massachusetts and Georgia.

“The sun is an unlimited energy source that could provide all of our energy without the air and water pollution associated with coal, oil and gas,” said Dave Rogers, Field Director with Environment North Carolina. “This report shows that the solar industry is putting people to work to meet a growing percentage of our energy needs with a pollution-free energy source that has no fuel costs.”

Solar is on the rise in North Carolina, ranking second in overall capacity added in 2013. This progress is directly attributable to the commitment by North Carolina’s leaders to the development of solar energy.  Policies like the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (REPS), and net metering standard have encouraged the development of solar across the state.

“The sky’s the limit on solar. But, right now only a small fraction our energy comes from solar,” said Rogers. “To take it to the next level, we need to rally around a bigger vision on solar while defending and improving the programs that work today.” 


Environment North Carolina is a statewide, citizen-funded advocacy group, working to protect the places we love and the values we share.

The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today released its fourth annual National Solar Jobs Census, which found that the U.S. solar industry employed 142,698 Americans in 2013. That figure includes the addition of 23,682 solar jobs over the previous year, representing 19.9 percent growth in employment since September 2012. Solar employment grew 10 times faster than the national average employment growth rate of 1.9 percent in the same period. Statistics on all 50 states can be found on TSF’s interactive map, available at The National Solar Jobs Census 2013 and separate reports for CA, AZ and MN, including employment by legislative district, are available at


We need solar investment

Currently, solar is extremely expensive to install and development costs are high and there are many questions with regard to its viability especially during non-sun days even though there is improvement in that area. There needs to be a great deal more investment made in developing this energy source to make it competitive with other current sources. Hopefully that will happen. There are too many negative stories that gather the attention of the media than there are stories of successes. That hurts the effort.

the cost curve

Has been steadily downward. There may be some rough patched on the horizon with panel costs, but costs in general have STEEPLY dropped. This industry is on the verge of being competitive even without the tax credit. It needs the tax credit for awhile longer, but not much.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire


I think I read 18,000+ if you go out to related industries.

That's serious business.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Please stop

sharing factual information that runs counter to Prevaricating Pat's "happy happy, jobs, jobs, fossil fuels, fossil fuels" message. It confuses him.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014


thanks for sharing this information -- it's quite encouraging.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014