EU Solar Jobs Report 2021

The multiple advantages of solar power are increasingly known by decision makers in politics and industry: Foremost, solar energy is often the lowest-cost power generation source in the EU, with the cost structure continuing to improve further for many years to come. Solar PV is also the most flexible and easy to deploy power technology – from very small household applications to gigantic utility-scale power plants. One less wellknown solar benefit is ‘job friendliness.’

No other power technology is as job intense as solar, which creates 2 to 6 times more jobs than any of its peers during the construction phase. At the same time, large-scale solar is also a leader when it comes to CO2 abatement costs.

These are good reasons for an updated EU Solar Jobs Report 4 years after we published our last edition when solar was caught in its transition phase. And there are more reasons. In 2020, the EU solar sector installed over one third more power capacity than its closest follower, a lead it is unlikely to give away in the future. In fact, solar power will become our major energy provider in the long run, which makes it imperative to take a close look at the development of solar jobs in Europe at a time when policymakers are working on the details to enable the European Green Deal.

In 2020, the solar sector created around 357,000 direct and indirect jobs, compared to only 81,000 in 2016, estimated in our previous job report.

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