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"Oregon 8th in nation for solar jobs"

Oregon’s solar energy employs more than 3,300 workers, making it the nation’s eighth biggest state for solar jobs, according to a new study by the Solar Foundation.

"Oregon 8th in nation for solar jobs"

Oregon ranks 8th in the Nation for solar jobs, growing 284% from 2010. (Photo by Sustainable Business Oregon)

By Erik Siemers
Sustainable Buisness Oregon

Oregon’s solar energy employs more than 3,300 workers, making it the nation’s eighth biggest state for solar jobs, according to a new study by the Solar Foundation.

But perhaps more noteworthy in the foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census is how much Oregon’s solar workforce has grown in a year.

Oregon’s solar industry was identified as having just 872 jobs in the foundation’s 2010 census, which projected the figure would rise 26 percent to 1,101.

Instead it grew 284 percent to 3,346 across 545 different employers, ranking it eighth overall and among the six fastest growing markets for solar employment, according to the foundation’s report.

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