Solar Installation Labor Market Analysis

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


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 pages75
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-49339


  • solar energy economic opportunity
  • solar energy workforce
  • solar industry growth
  • solar labor market statistics


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