Hooray for IRA: Solar installers plan to boost workforce by 148 percent over next five years

To compile tangible data that showcases the benefits of the IRA passing, SolarReviews sent a survey to 3,259 of its installer partners. Ninety-five percent of respondents anticipate their business will grow because of the IRA passing. And on average, solar installation companies plan to increase their workforce by 148% over the next 5 years to accommodate an expected increase in demand.

Given that approximately 230,000 people are working in the residential solar industry currently, SolarReviews says this equates to an additional 340,400 workers.

This increase will take the total number of people employed in the residential solar sector to approximately 570,400, equating to 63% of the number of people employed by the fossil fuel sector, which is approximately 908,400.

Solar jobs are high-quality jobs. They are inherently local, available across the country, spread over many small employers, and offer the opportunity for employees to start their own businesses with little capital. They employ a variety of different types of professionals from engineers and electrical contractors to finance and administration staff.

Head here for more insights from the survey.

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