Solar workers, local homeowners, and public officials gather to celebrate Southern Maryland's vibrant industry
"The solar industry in Charles County has provided a huge benefit to our economy and our environment,"
Maryland's solar industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, adding more than a thousand jobs each year for the last three years. In 2015, during the same period, national solar employment grew nearly 12 times faster than the U.S. employment growth rate of 1.7 percent. The industry now employs over 200,000 people from coast to coast.
"The amount of solar development we have seen in Southern Maryland the past few years has been astonishing. The majority of it has been resident, like in Charles County, with many homeowners deciding to put it on their roof," said Delegate Sally Jameson (D-28). "It is critical that we continue to support the growth of in-state jobs from MD's solar industry and the ability of homeowners to choose where their energy comes from."
Southern Maryland and Charles County in particular have benefitted from the local solar industry. St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert Counties have all seen consistent solar growth over the last two years. The industry is also very diverse – the workforce is comprised of 27 percent women, 14 percent African-American, 7 percent Veteran American, 6 percent Latino/Hispanic and 4 percent Asian-American workers. Average compensation for a solar worker is $21/hour – significantly higher than the minimum wage.