5.0 Creating Jobs and Supporting Economic Development

One of a number of PV manufacturers in the United States, Global Solar Energy is a Tucson-based producer of thin-film PV copper indium gallium (di) selenide (CIGS) solar cells (Global Solar Energy/ PIX15764)

Opportunities for creating green jobs exist all along the solar industry supply chain, from solar component manufacturing through to sales, installation, and maintenance. Other opportunities exist in solar training, system financing, energy-use management, and solar program management. Local governments can contribute to the growth of a domestic renewable energy industry and boost their economies by partnering with solar market participants and supporting education and training programs.

This section can help community leaders understand solar-related economic and job creation opportunities and learn how local governments can support a trained workforce. The examples offer insight into how communities are leveraging the solar industry to create green jobs and support economic development.