Our Greatest Solar Resource Isn’t the Sun

By on February 22, 2017

The time is now for the solar industry in many ways. Renewable energy, and solar in particular, continues to displace fossil fuels as the clean, most economical energy source of the future. Growth in the industry does not show any signs of slowing down. Driven by utility scale solar installations, the U.S. installed over 14 GW of solar PV in 2016 – its biggest year to date, which was an increase of 95% over 2015’s record breaking 7+ GW¹.


With increase in solar installations and the continued the closure of fossil fuel generation plants, employment in solar is on an unprecedented growth trajectory. For the fourth straight year, solar employment grew by 20%+².  According to The Solar Foundation latest National Jobs Census, the solar industry continues to outpace most other sectors of the economy, adding workings at a rate 17 faster than the overall economy. That staggering growth rate accounts for 2% of all new jobs created in the U.S. over the past year. 

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NEXTracker (@NEXTracker) is proud to be part of this industry and community of renewable energy champions. We’ve seen amazing growth in the Company in our 4 short years. In fact, year to year growth of NEXTracker staff has increased nearly 500% since 2015. In partnership with Advanced Energy Economy (@AEEnet), Solar Energy Industries Association – SEIA (@SEIA), and hundreds of other solar partner companies, we highlight this growth in #CleanEnergyJobs and the human capital who represent the solar industry’s greatest resource.

The strongest growth in employment in the industry continues to be in installation roles. Installation accounts for 137,133 jobs, with a projection to rise to 154,175 in 2017.

NEXTracker Cares (#NXCares) program launched in Dec 2016 for members of the NEXTracker operations team, specifically construction managers and commissioners who spend the majority of their time at job sites. These team members are first responders and on-site technical support for customers and liaison for NEXTracker back office contacts to project sites.  As part of their daily activities, they educate, troubleshoot, and fix what may be needed to successfully install and commission a NEXTracker project. The NX Cares program takes into consideration their daily work environment and supplies them with work items that are useful on the job site, is safety compliant and easily identifies them as the NEXTracker expert on the field.  NEXTracker’s entire fleet of construction mangers and commissioners received a care package with a safety jacket and vest, work gloves and other NEXTracker Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to keep them safe and warm during the winter months on over 200 job sites ongoing around the world.  

Proud we are.

Meet some of our NEXTracker frontlines staff in the field below: 

Caleb OLeary ProfileSergio Serrano ProfileChuck Fernandez ProfilesChris Mikalauskas Profile















   Mike Braley Profile

At NEXTracker we value all of our team members (known as “NEXTrackers”) from our executive team to our frontlines. We make sure that all feel part of a team and are committed to our mission to advance the power plant of the future. We salute all those who continue to power on with us as the solar industry’s greatest resource.


[1] GTM Research / SEIA Solar Market Insight Report U.S. Solar Market Insight Report

[2] The Solar Foundation National Solar Jobs Census, February, 2017 National Solar Jobs Census