Adjusting to the COVID-19 with staff losses and reopening your business

The secret of change is to focus all of our energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new. – Socrates

The solar industry has been working hard to be an example of how to do social distancing and continue working. Most of the solar companies are doing their best to get projects completed that scheduled before the COVID-19 shutdown. What does this mean in the 50,000-foot view of the solar industry? Back in Q3 of 2019, the solar industry was experiencing a new growth spurt, a few months before the virus touched our shores.

A recent analysis of the United States solar industry shows 114,000 fewer workers by June 2020 employed, compared to previous forecasts. We projected that the industry would employ 302,000 Americans over the same period. With an expected workforce of 188,000 people, this job loss places the sector back to 2014 levels as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The question then becomes, how fast do we ad the jobs back and get back on to job growth?

Although babyboomers are slow to act, opinions of younger generations are changing drastically from older generations—precisely the kind of attitude we need to meet our sustainable goals this decade. A big factor in this change may be the growth of social media conversation about the climate crisis. With more young people having access to the harmful effects of climate change worldwide, they can make more informed decisions about how they feel about the importance of alternative energy sources.

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