President Trump may be focused on saving coal miners, but solar continues to be the hot spot in today’s jobs market. Solar employment expanded last year 17 times faster than the total US economy, according to an International Renewable Energy Agency report published on Wednesday that cited data from the Solar Foundation. Overall, more than 260,000 people work in the solar industry, up by 24% from 2015.
The Solar Energy Industries Association, the lobby group, has warned that the tariffs would threaten thousands of jobs in occupations such as designing, installing and managing solar power systems, which account for about 85 per cent of the employment in the sector. Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the SEIA, said: “If demand goes down, which we think is a likely outcome [if the administration accedes to Suniva’s request], that will affect employment all across the supply chain, and all across the country.”