The U.S. solar industry continues to boom. According to the SEIA, at the end of Q1 2013, the U.S. had over 8,500 MW of cumulative installed solar electric capacity, enough to power more than 1.3 million average American homes. And, 2013 is shaping up to be another record year of installations, with new solar electric capacity this year expected to generate enough clean energy to power an additional 960,000+ average American homes.
A large part of this growth is driven by the falling costs of solar panels, the average price of which has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011, making solar more affordable than ever for solar consumers. Unfortunately, the sharp drop in prices, due in part to global oversupply, has also seriously strained solar manufacturers worldwide.
As the solar industry grows, so does its impact on the economy. According to The Solar Foundation's Solar Job Census 2012, there are more than 119,000 solar workers in the U.S., a 13.2 percent increase over 2011. So what do you need to do to get and keep a job in the solar industry? Join our panel of solar HR experts as they share tips for getting your foot in the door, the skills you need to get and keep your job and how to position yourself to move up in a solar organization.
Christie Cruz, Senior, Talent Acquisition & Programs, Solar City
Acenia Farrand, Human Resources Manager, Qbotix
Raya Zion, Workforce Development Manager, SolarCity
Melissa Zucker, VP of Human Resources, Solaria
$15 per person before August 10; $20 per person at the door.