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Solar Industry Study
In 2011, the Centers of Excellence conducted a statewide survey of solar energy firms throughout California. The objectives of this study were to identify the workforce trends and challenges across the solar supply chain - manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, and installation.
Energy Forum and Smart Grid Summit
The Energy Forum and Smart Grid Summit will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. Download the event flyer (pdf).
In a survey of employers, California's solar industry, currently accounting for close to 50,000 workers, is expected to increase by as many as 18,000 jobs by 2015. Regional data for southern California, the Central Valley and South Central Coast region as well as the San Francisco Bay Area are also included in this environmental scan.
Solar Industry & Occupations: Distributed and Utility-scale Generation (pdf)
- January, 2012
Read the press release (pdf).
Greater Sacramento Region
In the Greater Sacramento area, employment in solar firms has nearly doubled in the last four years, expanding from 700 jobs in 2007 to 1,300 jobs in 2011.
Solar Industry: Greater Sacramento Region (pdf)
- July, 2011
Renewable Energy Occupations
In 2009, the San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence conducted a survey of solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy employers in San Diego and Imperial counties. Learn what these employers had to say about the future of renewable energy industries and occupations in the region.
Renewable Energy Occupations (pdf) This 4-page document highlights the key findings from the San Diego-Imperial renewable energy employer survey.
2008 Solar Reports
In 2008, the Centers of Excellence conducted a survey of solar energy firms throughout California.
Key Findings for California
Emerging Industry & Occupations Report: Solar Study
Download the statewide Solar Technicians Scan
Greater Sacramento area
Environmental Scan - Greater Sacramento: Solar Industry
Key Findings for the Greater Sacramento area
Environmental Scan - Bay Region: Solar Industry
Key Findings for the Bay Region
Key Findings for the Southern California region
Environmental Scan - Los Angeles Region: Solar Industry
Key Findings for Los Angeles
Contact one of our COE Directors for more information.