More job losses last year for New Jersey’s solar sector, report asserts

Solar installation on commercial rooftop in Secaucus NJ

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey’s solar sector shed 10 percent of its jobs last year, reflecting a nationwide trend of declining employment blamed both on tariffs on solar panels imposed by the Trump administration and on state policy changes.

The state lost 696 jobs in 2018, dropping the total employment in New Jersey’s solar industry to 6,410, according to the National Solar Jobs Census by The Solar Foundation. Nationwide, nearly 8,000 jobs were lost, or 3.2 percent of the sector, according to the report …

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