Missouri experienced a surge in solar jobs in 2013, according to a report released by the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (MOSEIA) this month. While a total of 399 solar jobs were created in Missouri in 2011 and 2012 combined, 2013 saw the creation of a whopping 1,713 new solar jobs. The report, produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and written by John Farrell, projects that by the end of 2014, Missouri will have a total of 3,775 solar jobs.
While much of this growth can be attributed to solar rebates offered by investor-owned utilities in Missouri, Farrell projects that with retail electricity prices rising an average of 5 percent per year, solar will continue to be a good long-term investment for electricity customers. In fact, assuming electricity rates rise at that rate, electricity produced from solar will cost less than power provided by utilities by 2019, even without a rebate.
The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2013, released in January 2014, shows that the U.S. solar industry employs 142,692 workers, an increase of nearly 20 percent over 2012.