Picuris Pueblo last year installed a 1-megawatt solar array. Growth has slowed, and employment in the industry has fallen over the past year. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)
Federal tariffs on solar cell imports and shifting market dynamics have markedly slowed industry growth over the past two years, nationally and in New Mexico.
Solar employment nationwide fell by 3.2 percent last year, down about 8,000 jobs, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census, released in February. New Mexico was hit particularly hard, losing 354 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, according to a state-by-state follow-up analysis the foundation published last week.