“In California, the construction jobs created by the utility-scale solar boom have been good jobs paying decent wages, providing good benefits, and creating upward-mobility career ladders for blue-collar construction workers,” says study author Peter Philips, a professor of economics at the University of Utah.
One might expect the California solar jobs to be low paying, but that is not the case at all. The report says the average salary for CA solar workers was $78,000 annually with benefits. That is a high wage increased in value by the benefits packages. The benefits associated with a salary of $78,000 are probably substantial; so the true income could be closer to $90,000.
About one-third of the 15,000 were construction jobs building utility-scale solar facilities in California. One might assume that they were all for adding rooftop solar PV systems to the roofs of homeowners or businesses, but this is not true. Solar power is not all on rooftops, and not all from early technology adopters or environmentalists. Utilities are conservative and if they are investing in solar power, its not out of having a particular ideology. They are choosing solar because of favorable economics and because they can see it is the future.
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