Solar jobs continue to grow in 2016

Published: Jan. 26, 2017 at 5:06 PM EST
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Jobs in the solar industry jumped up 25 percent in 2016 and now, more than 370,000 workers are employed in the field, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's latest report.

The study also showed that solar continues to pull away from other sources of power for employment, adding more than 73 thousand jobs over the last year.

Sigora Solar in Waynesboro is also seeing growth. Jon Proffitt, Director of Business Development, says the cost of technology going down, and the increase in consumer awareness has contributed to the jump in employment. Since solar energy isn't as prevalent in Virginia as in other states, it's hard to find the right fit though.

Proffitt said, "So it's sometimes difficult to find the right people and put them in the right places just because there's not a huge pool of applicants who have any experience in solar."

Proffitt added he doesn't think the growth will be explosive as the last two years, but they still expect a steady increase in jobs as they continue to expand across the state.