Solar energy systems quietly produce the cleanest electric energy on our planet. They have the least negative impact on our environment compared to any other energy source. Oregonians support solar energy. A 2014 poll found that 82 percent of Oregonians support renewable energy, including wind and solar, and 78 percent of respondents believe that renewable energy incentives help create jobs in the state. They are right, Solar Energy Means Business and over 4,000 Oregonians work in the solar industry.
Solar energy benefits Oregon’s communities by creating jobs in local communities. As Oregon’s solar deployment increases, the state’s solar industry expands, creating new jobs for electrical workers, material handlers, and technicians. And solar jobs are not limited to the installation sector—the industry supports jobs in a variety of fields, such as engineering and consulting, for example.