Mosaic, a leading financing platform for solar and energy-efficient home renovations in the United States, today announced the results of a new “Clean Energy Jobs” survey. The survey shows how the American public views and prepares for the expected boom in the clean energy job market. These data points provide valuable information to educators and industry professionals as the U.S. government expects the creation of millions of high-paying jobs in clean energy as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act.
Post Inflation Reduction Act, Mosaic’s new “Clean Energy Jobs” survey reveals consumer labor market insights.
According to the survey – which polled a cohort of more than 5,000 American adults of all ages, geographies, genders, income levels and political affiliations – 75% said they would consider a job in clean energy, citing an interest in areas such as solar power, electric vehicles, sustainable home improvements and geothermal energy.
“The clean energy revolution involves an incredibly diverse workforce. It touches everyone, from people who manufacture, distribute and install sustainable home solutions to those who specialize in finance, software, technology and customer service,” said Billy Parish, Founder and CEO of Mosaic. . . “We are seeing a wide range of candidates at Mosaic, from highly skilled engineers to commercial industry veterans. What’s even more exciting is that we’re hearing that they are considering our vision – 100% clean energy for all — as an important factor in their decision-making process.”
According to the survey, 3 out of 4 respondents said that if they were offered two jobs for the same amount of money, and one of the jobs was for a company focused on fighting climate change, they would be more likely to work for the company focused on the fight against climate change. In reality, 4 in 10 respondents aged 18-60 have searched for green jobs before, saying they applied for a job at a specific company because they knew it was doing something positive to help the environment.
The survey also showed that both Republicans and Democrats are interested in clean energy jobs after the IRA. Among the Republicans polled (1,179), 66% said they would consider taking a job in clean energy, while 85% of Democrats surveyed (2,015) said they would.
The interest is definitely there, but are people ready for these positions?
As the clean energy economy grows in America, the Mosaic survey examined whether or not the workforce feels prepared for clean energy jobs today. The results showed that approximately a third of respondents believe their current education and experience positions them well for a clean energy job change, while the rest two-thirds think they will need additional on-the-job training.
“While many of the skills required for clean energy jobs are transferable from other industries, government offices and professional organizations have identified the need for additional education and training programs,” Parish added. “Renewable energy creates more jobs than the fossil fuel industry, and this sector will need to provide millions of jobs around the world over the next decade.”
According to Parish, the market is reaching the next evolution of interest, and the transition to clean energy will be particularly exciting for a company like Mosaic, which sits at the intersection of two growing industries, fintech and greentech. As for survey participants, many believe that this development will lead to a competitive labor market, with 28% saying they think it will be very competitive land a job in the clean energy sector in the coming years, while another 36% think it will be a bit competitive. Only seven% think it won’t be competitive at all.
The “Clean Energy Jobs” survey was conducted in October 2022 by Survey Monkey and sponsored by Mosaic. The blind survey involved more than 5,000 American adults ages 18 and older. Media support infographics can be found HERE.
Mosaic makes financing for solar, solar and energy storage systems and other sustainable home improvements accessible and affordable for homeowners by providing a quick and easy way to apply for financing options. Customers learn about Mosaic through licensed solar installers and home improvement contractors, as well as other ecosystem partners, and can get a credit decision in minutes for no-down payment loans with rates fixed interest rates and multiple term options. Funding requested and processed through the Mosaic platform is from Solar Mosaic LLC or one of its lending/funding partners. For our network of thousands of solar installers and home improvement contractors, Mosaic provides a streamlined financing platform to drive sales growth. Since 2012, Mosaic has helped more than 300,000 households transition to sustainable home improvements through its financing products.