There are 44 solar companies in Maine, employing 270 workers, according to a new report by the non-profit Solar Foundation.
"These are the first credible solar jobs
numbers for all 50 states," the Foundation boasts on its blog. "Solar employs 119,000 people in every state
in the nation, and employment grew 13.2% last year alone."
California supports the most solar jobs (more than 10,000); the rest of the top 10 list is filled out by Arizona, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New York, Texas, Michigan, and Ohio. Maine ranks 38th in terms of jobs, but 21st in terms of jobs per capita.
An interesting takeaway from the report that applies to Maine:
"[A]n abundant solar resource is not
necessarily a prerequisite for a strong solar market. Only four states
ranked in the top ten in terms of maximum solar resource are also top
ten solar employment states. The remaining states (New Jersey,
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Ohio) all rank in
the bottom 30% in the nation in terms of available solar resource. What
all of the top ten solar jobs states do have in common, however, is a
collection of policy tools designed to support renewable energy in
general and solar in particular."