June 2, 2020
Solar energy reeling from increasing job losses
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The California solar and storage industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hundreds of local businesses have eliminated or furlough an estimated 15,000 clean energy jobs along with other measures to stay afloat. A new survey by the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) details statewide impacts.

“Our local businesses are suffering greatly due to COVID-19,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), the state’s oldest and largest clean energy business group. “Unless immediate action is taken, the impacts could harm job growth and slow California’s transition to clean, resilient and reliable energy.”

Highlights of the new survey results include:
• 92% of solar and storage businesses report being negatively impacted.
• Businesses report laying off or furloughing 21% of their employees, indicating a loss of 15,600 solar and storage jobs statewide in the past month and a half.
• The impacts have been felt market-wide in the residential and non-residential markets.
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