PV Installation Labor Market Analysis and PV JEDI Tool Developments (Presentation): NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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Abstract

The potential economic benefits of the growing renewable energy sector have led to increased federal, state, and local investments in solar industries, including federal grants for expanded workforce training for U.S. solar installers. However, there remain gaps in the data required to understand the size and composition of the workforce needed to meet the demand for solar power. Through primaryresearch on the U.S. solar installation employer base, this report seeks to address that gap, improving policymakers' and other solar stakeholders' understanding of both the evolving needs of these employers and the economic opportunity associated with solar market development. Included are labor market data covering current U.S. employment, expected industry growth, and employer skillpreferences for solar installation-related occupations. This study offers an in-depth look at the solar installation sectors. A study published by the Solar Foundation in October 2011 provides a census of labor data across the entire solar value chain.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NamePresented at the World Renewable Energy Forum, 13-17 May 2012, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-55130

Keywords

  • installations
  • jobs
  • labor
  • skill preferences
  • solar instructor training network
  • workforce

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