- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State energy officials say the solar industry’s workforce is growing in New Mexico.

The state Energy Conservation and Management Division teamed up with the nonprofit Solar Foundation to develop the solar jobs census for 2015. They found 299 jobs were added to the solar workforce last year.

As of November, a total of 1,899 workers were employed by the industry and solar companies said they expected to hire another 234 workers this year.

State Energy Secretary Dave Martin said job growth in the solar workforce is a signal that the state is diversifying its economy and its energy supply.

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