The solar industry expects to lose more than 1,000 jobs in South Carolina, as companies battle sales, financing and supply chain problems amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The loss of renewable energy jobs in the Palmetto State is expected to coincide with even larger declines in solar industry employment nationally.

The Solar Energy Industry Association, which is based in Washington, D.C., released a new analysis this month. It forecasted 114,000 fewer solar-related jobs in the United States as a result of the public health crisis and economic downturn, and it projected a 38 percent decline in employment in South Carolina.

The group believes the potential job losses this year could negate five years of industry growth. 

Some of the damage that is being inflicted on rooftop

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