Solar Foundation: Missouri solar jobs grew 28 percent in 2016

Missouri saw a 28 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the Solar Foundation, a solar advocacy group. That put Missouri near the middle of the pack in terms of year-over-year growth of solar jobs by state.

The solar industry nationwide added added 51,000 solar jobs in 2016 and employed 260,000 workers, up 25 percent over 2015, according to the report. The median wage for those jobs was $26 per hour.

Show-Me solar

The report included a few additional data points on solar in the Show-Me State:

  • There were 2,3808 solar jobs in Missouri in 2016, up from 1,854 in 2015. The functions of those jobs included sales and distribution, installation, manufacturing and project development.
  • Missouri in 2016 ranked 29th in total number of solar jobs by state and 32nd in solar jobs per capita, with a ratio of one solar job for every 2,561 total jobs.
  • The Solar Foundation counted 114 solar companies operating in Missouri in 2016, including manufacturers, contractor/installers and distributors and others.
2017 forecast

Employers across the country surveyed by the Solar Foundation expect to see industrywide employment increase another 10 percent, to 286,335 jobs, in 2017.

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