An additional benefit of “green collar jobs” that could be created by distributed solar roll-out is that the jobs require a variety of skills and pay a variety of salaries. Working in the solar industry can involve a broad range of tools and skills ranging from electrical work to sales to structural engineering. Similarly, the salaries range from just over $20,000 to nearly $80,000 per year. The table below displays the variety of jobs involved with distributed solar.
Source: The American Solar Energy Society. Green Collar Jobs in the U.S. and Colorado. December 2008.
Note: Data prepared for Colorado, salary range may differ for Nevada.