Solar job growth exploding in NM

New Mexico’s solar job growth is on fire, with employment up 54 percent last year, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Foundation.

As of December, 2,929 people worked in either installations, manufacturing, sales and distribution, project development and support positions, said Solar Foundation President and Executive Director Andrea Luecke. That’s up from 1,899 local jobs in 2015, making New Mexico the 23rd fastest-growing state for solar jobs nationwide and the eighth highest for industry employment per capita.

“The solar industry grew about 179 times faster than the overall state economy last year,” Luecke told the Journal.


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