Which company has the most solar jobs?
More than 4,500 people in the United States are employed by energy companies that are developing or expanding solar power, according to data from the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit research group.
These companies, which include SolarCity Corp. and SunEdison Inc., generate electricity from the sun, capture it and turn it into electricity for homes and businesses.
They have also created solar-friendly businesses, including the world’s largest solar-panel maker, Panasonic Corp. That makes it easier for Americans to have access to energy, but it also means that there are fewer jobs for people who are already working to build the infrastructure of a renewable future.
In fact, in the first nine months of the year, only 17 percent of new jobs created in the U.S. by solar energy companies were full-time jobs, according the Solar Foundry, a nonpartisan group that studies the industry.
This is in stark contrast to the U, which added almost 3 million new jobs in the last decade and saw the expansion of manufacturing and the building of solar panels.
It’s a huge problem, says David Pogue, the chief executive of the American Renewable Energy Laboratory, which studies energy and energy efficiency.
“These companies are not getting their fair share of the economic growth,” he says.
But it’s hard to pinpoint why solar energy is less well-paying than manufacturing, Pogue says.
“Solar companies are going to have to do more to attract and retain workers.”
Solar panels make up less than one percent of the U-Haul truck fleet, but the company has spent billions of dollars in capital on its fleet.
The solar-panels maker SolarCity also has been making big investments in its workforce, which has more than doubled since 2010.
The company recently announced a new, 100-person manufacturing facility in New York City, where workers will build the solar panels for the company’s next wave of cars.
A company spokesperson told Bloomberg Businessweek that the investment will help expand the company and make it a global leader in solar.
SolarCity has also made significant investments in solar power itself, like in the new plant in New Jersey.
“The company is investing more than $500 million in the next generation of manufacturing, and it is a big step forward for the solar industry,” said Chris Latham, vice president of public policy at SolarCity.
“We are a leader in creating a manufacturing environment that supports innovation, and we are expanding that with a new solar manufacturing facility.”