Solar energy equipment manufacturers, installers and suppliers added 1600 jobs in Missouri in 2013, one of the highest growth rates in the nation, according to a new report from The Solar Foundation, but there are concerns that growth won’t continue.
According to executive director P.J. Wilson of Renew Missouri, it’s no surprise the state now ranks 12th in the country for the number of solar jobs, up from 20th just two years ago. “Back in 2007 there were, I believe, four solar installers in the whole state of Missouri, and today there’s around 45 solar installers,” he said. “We’ve gone from literally half a dozen jobs in the state and today there’s around 2800 jobs.