California accounts for a third of the solar industry jobs in the nation and has nearly five times the number of solar jobs as any other state, according to a new report by the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Foundation.
The foundation said California employed 47,223 solar workers near the end of 2013, an addition of more than 3,500 workers, or 8 percent, over the previous year.
Nationally, the foundation said 142,698 Americans held jobs in the solar industry as of November 2013. This figure includes the addition of 23,682 solar workers over the previous year, representing 19.9 percent growth in employment since September 2012.
"The California (report) indicates that the future remains bright for in-state job creation, as the industry expects to grow another 20 percent and add nearly 9,000 new jobs over the next 12 months. With that level of optimism, it is clear solar power will continue to play an increasingly important role in California's economy," said Andrea Luecke, executive director and president of the nonprofit foundation.
The report said the Bay Area leads California's region with 21,653 solar workers.
The full report can be found at www.tsfcensus.org.