Solar workforce diversity study benchmarks the industry

A diverse workforce better reflects the perspective of its customers, fosters innovation and retains existing talent—all of which are key contributors to financial performance.

The solar workforce is growing fast, with more than 51,000 new jobs added in the U.S. in 2016 alone. However, according the Solar Foundation’s 2016 Solar Jobs Census, only 28 percent of the more than 260,000 solar workers are women, and only 7 percent are African American.

That’s why a first-of-its-kind report will be released later this year on career pathways and diversity in the solar workforce. As an initiative of the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Women’s Empowerment Committee and administered by The Solar Foundation, the study will establish a baseline on specific job responsibilities, salaries, and levels of leadership for women, minorities and veterans. It will compare the results to other industry sectors and identify best practices and areas for improvement.

Employer Survey
Solar companies are also encouraged to share their experience and provide insight into best practices for recruiting and retaining a solar workforce. The employer survey should be completed by company owners, chief executive offices, chief operating officers, human resources directors and supervisors.

For accurate results, feedback is needed from as many employees and employers as possible. Please take a moment to fill out one of these surveys and share the links with your industry colleagues. Responses to both surveys are confidential.