Towards Decarbonization: Establishing a Sustainable, Equitable, Diverse Workforce in the U.S. Photovoltaic Industry

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Abstract

Decarbonizing the U.S. electric grid by 2035 and the broader U.S. economy by 2050 have been identified as targets to avoid more severe climate change effects. Photovoltaics (PV) is expected to play a major role in any decarbonization efforts, and this would involve significant expansion and development of the PV workforce. This work quantifies the size of the workforce required for high levels of PV deployment that could achieve decarbonization. The demographics of the current workforce are reviewed, and existing workforce development initiatives are reviewed with respect to the magnitude needed for decarbonization, with a focus on equity and diversity.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages2632-2636
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jun 2021
Event48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021 - Fort Lauderdale, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021

Conference

Conference48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Lauderdale
Period20/06/2125/06/21

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-7A40-80194

Keywords

  • decarbonization
  • diversity
  • equity
  • photovoltaics
  • social sustainability
  • workforce development

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