The state’s solar industry employed 7,071 workers at 1,361 establishments last year, according to the foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that promotes solar energy.
California was first, with 75,598 jobs; Massachusetts second, with 15,095; and Nevada third, with 8,764.
New Jersey expects to see increases of installed capacity — or the amount of megawatts installed — to 256 megawatts in 2016, which would be a growth of 20 percent, he said.
Luecke said New Jersey’s solar workforce may increase by 728 over the next 12 months.
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