Report: Mass. solar sctor jobs declining despite renewable energy push

Jobs in the solar energy industry in Massachusetts are declining despite efforts to ramp up renewable energy to meet legal climate change mandates, according to industry insiders. They’re calling for major changes to state laws to get the sector’s growth back on track.

While state government’s embrace of offshore wind energy has become a major policy focus, a report released Wednesday by a pro-solar group says Massachusetts is falling behind other states when it comes to solar power.

Solar industry employment in Massachusetts has fallen by about 30%, or 4,400 jobs, between 2015 and 2018, and federal tariffs on solar equipment and uncertainty over state regulations have contributed to challenges facing the industry, according to the report from Vote Solar.

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