The number of power plant workers in Georgia has risen from 3,200 to 2,200 over the past five years, the Georgia Department of Labor and Industries said on Wednesday.
The department has also made more than 100 layoffs over the same period, it said.
“Georgia is the second-largest producer of wind and solar energy in the U.S., and this expansion has been especially difficult for Georgia’s wind and PV industry,” Georgia Department Of Labor and Industry Director Mike J. Stearns said in a statement.
Georgia has been a leader in solar energy, with the state generating more than 17,000 megawatts of solar power last year, up from 8,400 megawatts in 2015.
It also has the second largest solar market share in the country, behind California.
As a result, the state has invested more than $3 billion to install nearly 1.8 million solar power panels over the last five years.
According to the company, about 1,100 workers were laid off over the course of the year, including 1,300 in February and 3,400 in March.
While solar jobs are not as plentiful in Georgia as elsewhere in the Southeast, it still offers a lucrative alternative to other forms of power generation, such as wind and biomass.
Last year, Georgia added more than 4,000 solar jobs, according to the Georgia Solar Industry Association, the largest solar employer in the state.