/ Modified feb 16, 2015 4:27 p.m.

Arizona Leads in Solar Industry Jobs, With 7% Growth

More than 9,000 employed statewide, mostly as installers; that's third best in country.

Solar Panels TUSD Crew installing solar panels at Tucson's Soleng Tom Elementary School in April 2014.
AZPM Staff


Arizona ranked No. 3 last year in the number of jobs in the solar energy industry, the nonprofit Solar Foundation reported Monday.

The industry employed 9,170 Arizonans in 2014. The only states with more employees were California, with 54,690, and Massachusetts, with 9,400.

Arizona added 612 jobs in solar last year, a 7.2 percent growth rate.

Overall job growth in the state in 2014 was 2.6 percent.

An interactive map of The Solar Foundation's study can be found here.

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