Solar jobs increase nationwide, decline in Kentucky

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A rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. ConEdison Solutions installed 3,152 solar panels on the roof of Building 293 in 2016. The new panels will generate 1.1 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, according to the mayor’s office. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided more than $600,000 in incentives for the project. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – American solar jobs have increased 167% over the past decade, adding 156,000 jobs from 2018 to 2019.

Despite a rise nationally, solar jobs declined in Kentucky by 3.4%. In Indiana solar jobs increased 15.6% and Illinois saw an increase of 13%. Solar jobs increased in 31 state in 2019.

The U.S. solar industry now employs nearly 250,000 workers, according to the 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census. Solar jobs provide clean, affordable, renewable energy in all 50 states.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 19, 2020)

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