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Solar Jobs Decline In Arizona

Arizona ranks sixth in the United States for jobs in the solar industry. But the sector, both nationally and statewide, had a decline last year.

Solar employment was down 3.2 percent nationwide in 2018, according to the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Census. It’s the second straight year for a decline throughout the United States.

By contrast in Arizona, there was a 10 percent drop in solar jobs, from nearly 8,400 in 2017 to just over 7,500 in 2018. The state was among 21 others to see a decrease last year.

The Solar Foundation says it expects a seven percent increase nationwide in jobs this year, citing a backlog of utility-scale projects and new policy incentives in several states.

After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.