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Solar’s Surging US Job Market Leaves Women and Black Workers Behind

  • Report by nonprofit shows small gains for women, Black workers
  • Majority of US jobs are in installation, project development
   

   

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The US solar industry made inroads at boosting employment levels for women and Black workers in the past two years, though one of the nation’s fastest-growing job markets still falls short on diversity.

Women made up 29.6% of US solar employees last year, according to an Interstate Renewable Energy Council report. That’s up from 26% of the industry in 2019, though lags the 47% of women in the overall US workforce. Black workers accounted for 8.2% of solar workers, a 0.5% gain from two years ago, though it lags the 12% national average, according to the report published Tuesday.