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Solar Energy jobs booming in Oregon

The number of solar industry jobs in Oregon soared 50 percent last year, from 2,999 in 2015 to 4,509 in 2016, according to a recent survey by The Solar Foundation.

Ranked against the rest of the 50 states, Oregon has the 13th-highest number of solar jobs, 6th-highest in the manufacturing sector.

Oregon companies accounted for 30 solar patents between 2010 and 2016.

The survey counts 110 solar companies active in Oregon.

See below the statistics for Solar Energy employment in Oregon.

Location and numbers of jobs:

  • Washington County – 2184
  • Multnomah County – 526
  • Lane County – 283
  • Marion County – 202
  • Clackamas – 187
  • Jackson – 178
  • Deschutes – 165

The following are the sectors in which the job are based:

  • Installation – 2,265
  • Manufacturing – 1,202
  • Sale and Distribution – 630
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