Green New Deal Hotspots – Solar

Green New Deal – Top States and Counties for a Career in Solar

In a previous blog, I provided a general overview of the two fastest-growing occupations in America, both of which are green occupations. In this blog, I’ll break down the regional hotspots (in America) for the #1 fastest growing occupation, Solar Photovoltaic Installers (Solar Installers). I’ll also show you where in the regional hotspots you can get training for this occupation.

Top 3 Industries for Solar Installers

The following table shows the industries that employ the most Solar Installers.

Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Equipment Contractors 6,940 0.34 $20.51 $42,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 170 0.04 $23.36 $48,590

Hotspots for Solar Installers

Top 7 States for Solar Installers

The following image shows the states with the most Solar Installers and the highest concentration of Solar Installers.

Note: Due to the lack of survey data and the relatively new nature of the Solar Installers occupation, key statistics for Solar Installers only exists for the following 17 states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida)
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
National Hotspots for Solar - States
National Hotspots for Solar – States

The following table provides detailed statistics for the top 7 states. For the most part, the mean wage for Solar Installers is about the same as the median wage for the state. One notable exception is the state of Hawaii, where the hourly wage is 1.3 times the state average.

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Concentration (1 = average occupation concentration in state) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Median hourly wage
California 3,900 0.23 3.70 $21.61 $44,950 19.70
New York 820 0.09 1.40 $19.92 $41,430 21.00
New Jersey 750 0.19 2.95 $20.97 $43,620 20.43
Florida 630 0.07 1.19 $16.23 $33,760 16.07
North Carolina 500 0.12 1.83 $16.66 $34,650 16.71
Vermont 370 1.21 19.09 $19.01 $39,540 18.57
Hawaii 190 0.30 4.68 $26.41 $54,930 20.02

Top Counties for Solar Installers

The following image details the metropolitan areas with the most and the highest concentration of Solar Installers. By coincidence, the same metropolitan areas that have the most Solar Installers also have the highest concentration of Solar Installers.

National Hotspots for Solar
National Hotspots for Solar

California

California has 5 of the top 10 metropolitan areas, by number employed and concentration, for Solar Installers. California also has the top 4 pay areas for Solar Installers.

Hotspots for Solar - CA
Hotspots for Solar – CA

San Rafael

The San Rafael area includes Marin County. This area has the highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 17 times the national average. The San Rafael area employs about 120 Solar Installers at an hourly wage of $23.45 ($48,770 annually), compared to the median hourly wage for the area of $23.28.

Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley

The Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley area includes Alameda County and Contra Costa County. This area has the second highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 7.5 times the national average.

The Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley area employs about 540 Solar Installers at an hourly wage of $19.92 ($41,440 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $22.89.

Santa Rosa

The Santa Rosa area includes Sonoma County. This area has the third highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 6.6 time the national average. The Santa Rosa area employs about 80 Solar Installers at an average wage of $26.53 ($55,180 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $19.53.

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area includes Riverside County and San Bernardino County. This area has the fifth highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 2.5 times the national average. The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area employs about 230 Solar Installers at an average wage of $21.11 ($43,910 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $17.06.

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco

The San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco area includes San Francisco County and San Mateo County. This area has the tenth highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 0.6 times the national average.

The San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco area employs about 40 Solar Installers at an average wage of $23.93 ($49,780 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $27.55.

Top Paying Counties for Solar Installers

San Diego-Carlsbad

The San Diego-Carlsbad area includes San Diego County. The median hourly wage for Solar Installers in this area is $24.64 ($51,250 annually) compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $20.15.

Northern Mountains Region

The Northern Mountains Region includes the following counties:

  • Lassen County
  • Modoc County
  • Nevada County
  • Plumas County
  • Sierra County
  • Siskiyou County
  • Trinity County

The median hourly wage for Solar Installers in this area is $24.41 ($50,760 annually) compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $18.70.

Fresno

The Fresno area consists of Fresno County. The median hourly wage for Solar Installers in this area is $22.76 ($47,330 annually) compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $15.80.

Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade

The Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade includes the following counties:

  • El Dorado County
  • Placer County
  • Sacramento County
  • Yolo County

The median hourly wage for Solar Installers in this area is $22.54 ($46,880 annually) compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $20.15.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area includes San Benito County and Santa Clara County. The median hourly wage for Solar Installers in this area is $22.28 ($46,350 annually) compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $27.66.

Hawaii

Hotspots for Solar - HI
Hotspots for Solar – HI

Urban Honolulu

The Urban Honolulu area includes Honolulu County. This area has the fourth highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 3 times the national average. The Urban Honolulu area employs about 90 Solar Installers at an average wage of $29.07 ($60,470 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $20.62.

Massachusetts

Hotspots for Solar - MA
Hotspots for Solar – MA

Boston-Cambridge-Newton

The Boston-Cambridge-Newton area includes Suffolk County, Middlesex County, and Essex County. This area has the sixth highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 1.6 times the national average. The Boston-Cambridge-Newton area employs about 190 Solar Installers at an average wage of $27.64 ($57,490 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $25.78.

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey

Hotspots for Solar - NJ MD and DE
Hotspots for Solar – NJ MD and DE

Wilmington

The Wilmington area consists of Cecil County Maryland, New Castle County Delaware, and Salem County New Jersey. This area has the seventh-highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 1.5 times the national average.

The Wilmington area employs about 30 Solar Installers at an average wage of $17.08 ($35,520 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $20.38.

New York and New Jersey

Hotspots for Solar - NY and NJ
Hotspots for Solar – NY, and NJ

New York-Jersey City-White Plains

The New York-Jersey City-White Plains area includes the following counties:

  • Bergen County, NJ
  • Bronx County, NY
  • Hudson County, NJ
  • Kings County, NY
  • Middlesex County, NJ
  • Monmouth County, NJ
  • New York County, NY
  • Ocean County, NJ
  • Orange County, NY
  • Passaic County, NJ
  • Queens County, NY
  • Richmond County, NY
  • Rockland County, NY
  • Westchester County, NY

This area has the eighth highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 1.5 times the national average.

The New York-Jersey City-White Plains area employs about 620 Solar Installers at an average wage of $20.56 ($42,820 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $22.41.

North Carolina and South Carolina

Hotspots for Solar - NC and SC
Hotspots for Solar – NC and SC

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia

The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area includes the following counties:

  • Cabarrus County, NC
  • Chester County, SC
  • Gaston County, NC
  • Iredell County, NC
  • Lancaster County, SC
  • Lincoln County, NC
  • Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Rowan County, NC
  • Union County, NC
  • York County, SC

This area has the ninth highest concentration of Solar Installers at about 1 time the national average. The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area employs about 70 Solar Installers at an average wage of $14.78 ($30,730 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $18.04.

Vermont

Hotspots for Solar - VT
Hotspots for Solar – VT

Southern Vermont

The Southern Vermont area includes the following counties:

  • Addison
  • Bennington
  • Windham
  • Windsor

This area has the highest concentration of Solar Installers for a nonurban area at about 20 times the national average. The Southern Vermont area employs about 130 Solar Installers at an average wage of $18.74 ($38,980 annually), compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $17.74 for the area.

Northern Vermont

The Northern Vermont area includes the following counties:

  • Caledonia
  • Essex
  • Franklin
  • Lamoille
  • Washington

The median hourly wage for Solar Installers in this area is $15.20 ($51,250 annually) compared to a median hourly wage for the area of $18.33.

Training Providers for Solar Installers

California Solar Training Providers

Program Provider Address City State Zip
Solar Power Professional – online Simi Institute for Careers and Education – Primary CA 1880 Blackstock Ave. Simi Valley CA 93065
Alternative Energy Technology Certificate RIO HONDO COLLEGE – Primary CA 3600 WORKMAN MILL ROAD WHITTIER CA 90601
CLGP Solar PV Installer San Antonio ROP – Primary CA 1515 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona CA 91766
Construction & Solar Technologies Merced County Office of Education – Satellite CA 715 W. H St. D-1 Los Banos CA 93635
Construction and Energy Management – Solar Derived Energy Management Skills Cert Cabrillo College – Primary CA 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos CA 95003
Construction and Energy Management – Solar Derived Energy Management Skills Cert Cabrillo College – Satellite CA 318 Union Street Watsonville CA 95076
Cypress Mandela Construction Training Program Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc. – Primary CA 977 – 66th Avenue Oakland CA 94621
Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy (EERE) Technician William M. Maguy School of Education A Division of Proteus – Primary CA 1440 N. Shirk Rd. Visalia CA 93291
Energy Management and Building Science De Anza College Occupational Training Institute (OTI) – Primary CA 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd Cupertino CA 95014
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 49-111 Highway 111, Suite 5 Coachella CA 92236
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 1099 N. Pepper Avenue Colton CA 92324
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 294 South Third Street El Centro CA 92243
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 761 South “C” Street Oxnard CA 93030
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 8376 Fruitridge Road Sacramento CA 95828
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 4153 Market Street, Suite C San Diego CA 92102
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Primary CA 701 Vine Street San Jose CA 95110
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 509 W Morrison Santa Maria CA 93458
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 930 Los Coches Drive, Suite 103 Soledad CA 93960
Green Building Construction Skills Center for Employment Training -Main Campus – Satellite CA 10 Blanca Lane Watsonville CA 95076
Green Technician Norco College CTE – Primary CA 2001 3rd Street Norco CA 92860
Industrial Maintenance (Solar and Electrical) Kern Community College District – Primary CA 2100 Chester Ave Bakersfield CA 93301
Photovoltaic Installer LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education – Satellite CA 1646 S. Olive Street Los Angeles CA 90015
Photovoltaic Installer LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education – Satellite CA 3921 Selig Place Los Angeles CA 90031
Photovoltaic Installer LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education – Satellite CA 5500 Rickenbacker Road Los Angeles CA 90040
Photovoltaic Installer LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education – Satellite CA 11450 N. Sharp Avenue Mission Hills CA 91345
Photovoltaic Installer LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education – Satellite CA 6200 Winnetka Avenue Woodland Hills CA 91367
PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR DESIGN & INSTALLATION William M. Maguy School of Education A Division of Proteus – Primary CA 1440 N. Shirk Rd. Visalia CA 93291
Renewable Power Solutions, Inc. Department of Labor Apprenticeships – Satellite CA 2029 O’Toole Ave. San Jose CA 95131
Renewable Energy Design and Installation AAA Institute – Satellite CA 360 Mobil Ave #207A Camarillo CA 93010
Renewable Energy Design and Installation AAA Institute – Primary CA 21300 Victory Blvd Suite 220 Woodland Hills CA 91367
Solar Energy System Installer RYON COLLEGE – Primary CA 7028 Indiana Ave. Riverside CA 92506
Solar Energy Systems Installers Sutech School of Vocational and Technical Training – Primary CA 3455 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90023
Solar Energy Systems, Design, Estimation, and Sales American River College – Primary CA 4700 College Oak Drive Sacramento CA 95841
Solar Energy Technician Training Porterville Adult School – Primary CA 1414 W. Olive Ave Porterville CA 93257
Solar Energy Technology American River College – Primary CA 4700 College Oak Drive Sacramento CA 95841
Solar Installation Merced Adult School – Primary CA 50 East 20th Street Merced CA 95340
Solar Installation Certificate West Los Angeles College – Primary CA 9000 Overland Avenue Culver City CA 90230
Solar Photo Inst with Project Management and AutoDesk New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Primary CA 1900 S. State College Blvd, Suite 100 Anaheim CA 92806
Solar Photo Inst with Project Management and AutoDesk New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 333 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Suite 400 Burbank CA 91502
Solar Photo Inst with Project Management and AutoDesk New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 1515 W 190th St., Suite 430 Gardena CA 90248
Solar Photo Inst with Project Management and AutoDesk New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 1750 Creekside Oaks Dr. Suite 150 Sacramento CA 95833
Solar Photo Inst with Project Management and AutoDesk New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 250 San Bernardino CA 92408
Solar Photo Inst with Project Management and AutoDesk New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 7480 Miramar Road Suite 202 San Diego CA 92126
Solar Photo Installer with Project Management New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Primary CA 1900 S. State College Blvd, Suite 100 Anaheim CA 92806
Solar Photo Installer with Project Management New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 333 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Suite 400 Burbank CA 91502
Solar Photo Installer with Project Management New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 1515 W 190th St., Suite 430 Gardena CA 90248
Solar Photo Installer with Project Management New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 1750 Creekside Oaks Dr. Suite 150 Sacramento CA 95833
Solar Photo Installer with Project Management New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 250 San Bernardino CA 92408
Solar Photo Installer with Project Management New Horizons Career Development Solutions – Satellite CA 7480 Miramar Road Suite 202 San Diego CA 92126
Solar Photovoltaic Associate Mira Costa Community College – Primary CA 1 Barnard Drive Oceanside CA 92056
Solar Photovoltaic Certificate Santa Rosa Junior College – Primary CA 1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa CA 95401
Solar Photovoltaic Installation Certificate Santa Monica College – Primary CA 1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica CA 90405
Solar Photovoltaic Installation Technician Victor Valley College – Primary CA 18422 Bear Valley Road Victorville CA 92395
Solar Photovoltaic Installer Kern Community College District – Primary CA 2100 Chester Ave Bakersfield CA 93301
Solar Photovoltaic Installer Mission Career College – Satellite CA 24630 Washington Ave. Suite 102 Murrieta CA 92562
Solar Photovoltaic Installer Mission Career College – Primary CA 9731 Magnolia Avenue Riverside CA 92503
Solar Photovoltaic Installer Mission Career College – Satellite CA 2211 Hunts Lane, Suite R, Q San Bernardino CA 92408
Solar Photovoltaic Technician – CR College of the Redwoods – Primary CA 7351 Tompkins Hill Road Eureka CA 95501
Solar Power Professional California State University San Bernardino – Primary CA 5500 University ParkwaySH-134 San Bernardino CA 92407
Solar PV Installation University of Antelope Valley – Primary CA 44055 North Sierra Highway Lancaster CA 93534
Solar PV Practical Electronic Assembly San Antonio ROP – Primary CA 1515 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona CA 91766
Solar PV Training Cerritos College – Primary CA 11110 Alondra Blvd. Norwalk CA 90650
Solar Thermal Technician-CR College of the Redwoods – Primary CA 7351 Tompkins Hill Road Eureka CA 95501
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Certificate (Credit) College of the Desert – Primary CA 43-500 Monterey Avenue Palm Desert CA 92260

Hawaii Solar Training Providers

Program Provider Phone Address City State Zip
Solar Energy Technology Kauai Community College 808.245.8311 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy Lihue, HI 96766

South Carolina Training Providers

Program Provider
Solar PV Entry Level Installer Program Halsey Street
Solar Panel Installation Florence-Darlington Technical College
Solar Panel Installer Technician The Imani Group, Inc
Solar Panel Installer Training Course Trident Technical College
Solar Technician Certificate Greenville Technical College

Massachusetts Training Providers

Program Provider Targeted Occupations Address City State Zip
AA Arts & Science Clean Energy Holyoke Community College Energy Engineers, Energy Auditors 303 Homestead Avenue Holyoke MA 01040
Clean Energy Certificate Holyoke Community College Wind Energy Operations Managers, Solar Energy Installation Managers 303 Homestead Avenue Holyoke MA 01040
Engineering Technology, Electrical Technology Career Bristol Community College Electro-Mechanical Technicians, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians 777 Elsbree Street Fall River MA 02720
HVACR & Green Technologies Program (Oil & Gas Heating, AC, Refrigeration, Solar & Geothermal) Technology Learning Center Inc. Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 11 Buffum Dam Rd Oxford MA 01540

Delaware Training Providers

Provider City County
Delaware Technical Community College-Terry-Credit Programs Dover Kent
Sussex Tech Adult Division Georgetown Sussex

Maryland Training Providers

Program Provider
Solar PV Professional ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MARYLAND
Energy Professional Training Program Power52 Energy Institute
Energy Professional Training Program Power52 Energy Institute Baltimore City

New Jersey Training Providers

Program Provider
A.A.S. Degree: Sustainable Energy Technology Cumberland County College Vineland, Cumberland
Building Environmental Systems Technician (BEST) Morris County School of Technology, Adult Education – WIA Title 2 Denville, Morris
ECE 618 Renewable Energy Systems NJIT Division of Continuing Professional Education Newark, Essex
ECE 640 Digital Signal Processing NJIT Division of Continuing Professional Education Newark, Essex
ECE 641 Lab for Digital Signal Processing with Field Programmable Gate Arrays NJIT Division of Continuing Professional Education Newark, Essex
Electrical & Renewable Energy Technology Lincoln technical institute-Eastt Windsor, CT East Windsor, Out of State
Environmental Control Technology, Certificate Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, Somerset
Renewable Energy Hands on Technician Eferon Solar Solutions – PVS Jersey City, Hudson
Renewable Energy Technician Intensive Eferon Solar Solutions – PVS Jersey City, Hudson
Solar Energy Technician Com-Tec Institute – East Orange – PVS East-Orange, Essex
Solar Energy Technician Com-Tec Institute – Kearny – PCS Kearny, Hudson
Solar Panel Installer Bright Horizon Institute – PVS – Jersey City Jersey City, Hudson
Solar Panel Installer Bright Horizon Institute – PVS – Newark Newark, Essex
Solar Ready Technician Rowan College at Burlington County – Non-credit Mount Laurel, Burlington
Solar Technician Program Information & Technology Management – Edison – PVS Edison, Middlesex
Solar Thermal Technician Information & Technology Management – Edison – PVS Edison, Middlesex
Solar energy Technology Mercer County Community College – Credit Programs Trenton, Mercer
Solar energy technician Eferon Solar Solutions – PVS Jersey City, Hudson

New York Training Providers

Program Provider Address City/State/Zip
Batteries in Solar PV Systems Heat-Spring, LLC 401 E STADIUM BLVD ANN ARBOR MI 48104
NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level Exam Ulster County Community College 491 COTTEKILL RD STONE RIDGE NY 12484
PV – Advanced, Photovoltaic (Solar Energy) Systems with Installer Workshop Hudson Valley Community College 80 VANDENBURGH AVE TROY NY 12180
PV – Associate Photovoltaics (Solar Energy) Classroom Hudson Valley Community College 80 VANDENBURGH AVE TROY NY 12180
PV – Associate Photovoltaics (Solar Energy) Online Hudson Valley Community College 80 VANDENBURGH AVE TROY NY 12180
Solar PV Installation Solar One 1015 43RD AVE LONG IS CITY NY 11101
Solar PV Installer Boot Camp + NABCEP Entry Level Exam Prep Heat-Spring, LLC 401 E STADIUM BLVD ANN ARBOR MI 48104
Solar Systems Associate Plus Franklin-Essex-Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services 23 HUSKIE LN MALONE NY 12953

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