Thousands of Arizona solar jobs lost because of Covid-19, analysis finds

First Solar Agua Caliente Plant
Posted at 9:29 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 12:29:10-04

The solar energy industry in Arizona and around the country has taken a significant hit since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Grand Canyon State’s job losses numbering in the thousands.

That’s according to an analysis by the Solar Energy Industries Association, which found Arizona will lose 4,003 jobs by the end of June, representing a 35% reduction in the total job count.

Only six states will have lost more jobs than Arizona, according to the report, although the losses in nearly 30 other states amounted to a larger percentage overall.

Arizona’s percentage is slightly less than the overall loss of 38%, or 114,000 jobs, calculated for the U.S. as a whole, counting actual job losses against earlier forecasts for job numbers during the same period.

Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.