U.S. solar manufacturing jobs are set to triple to 120,000 by 2033, fueled by government investment in domestic solar capacity.

U.S. solar manufacturing jobs are projected to more than triple over the next decade, reaching 120,000 by 2033, due to significant government investments aimed at expanding domestic solar manufacturing capacity and advancing the nation's shift toward renewable energy.

The Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 250,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy.

U.S. employment in the solar manufacturing sector is projected to more than triple over the next decade, potentially reaching an impressive 120,000 by 2033, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Currently, there are about 35,000 jobs in this area, but an ambitious expansion plan funded by significant government investment is set to change that picture dramatically.

The forecast comes amidst the U.S. government’s dedicated efforts to bolster domestic solar manufacturing capacity and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

Over the next 10 years, billions of dollars will be invested to stimulate growth in the renewable energy sector, contributing to the nation’s efforts to tackle climate change while revitalizing the economy.

In the past few years, solar energy has seen an explosive growth, accounting for 43% of all new electric capacity added in the U.S. in 2020, according to the SEIA’s Solar Market Insight report.

Moreover, solar power is now the cheapest form of new energy in many parts of the country.

This projected increase in solar jobs is expected to have a significant positive impact on the nation’s economy, creating a ripple effect on related sectors such as logistics, construction, and technology.

The ambitious drive to triple solar jobs underscores the U.S. commitment to a sustainable and resilient green economy. It not only highlights the strategic importance of renewable energy but also provides a promising picture of a future workforce that is skilled, diverse, and dynamic.

While it is essential to continue supporting traditional energy industries during the transition period, the massive growth potential in the renewable sector indicates a promising shift towards a more sustainable future, a step that is timely, strategic, and necessary for the health of the planet and its inhabitants.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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