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While Ohio coal employment falls, solar jobs double in Cleveland area

Crews work on a solar farm near Minster, Ohio. Photo: American Renewable Energy and Power.

CLEVELAND — “Solar industry jobs doubled in the Cleveland, Ohio area last year, driving about half of the state’s total job growth in the sector, according to new data released today by The Solar Foundation.

However, the industry’s future growth in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere in the state could be jeopardized by ongoing uncertainty over Ohio’s renewable portfolio standards, said Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of the organization, based in Washington, D.C.

The detailed data are a follow-up to a nationwide report released by the group last month. In addition to each state’s solar job totals, data posted by the organization at SolarStates.org include information about minority participation, breakdown of jobs within the industry, patents, per capita ranking and more.

… According to the data, Ohio’s solar industry produced $1.3 billion in direct sales and employed 5,831 people in 2016 — a 21-percent jump in job numbers compared to 2015. In contrast, Michigan had about 4,000 solar jobs, and Indiana was just shy of 3,000, the data show.”

— Kathiann M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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