Solar/Renewable Future For Sunshine State of Florida

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As the news of more solar installations sweep across the planet earth, our Sunshine State of Florida is still lagging behind other developed countries and other states in USA, being one of the thirteen states (by 2012) that does not yet have either RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standards) standards or goals. It is a pity that residents in Florida are not provided with optimal incentives to fully utilize our beautiful sunshine.

As our legislative body is in session at Tallahassee, Florida, until early part of May, 2013, we hope that our Florida Senators and Representatives will consider fully some of the General Solar Talking Points that’s been gathered by the FlaSEIA (Florida Solar Energy Industries Association), below:

SOLAR CREATES JOBS:

  • America’s Solar Industry now employs more than 119,000 workers at 5,600 companies across the nation (most of which are small businesses)
  • The solar industry grew 13.2% over the last year despite difficult economic times, this is 6 times faster than the overall economy growth rate of 2.3%
  • Solar employment is expected to grow by 17.2% over the next 12 months indicating a potential of 20,000 new workers
  • Installers added the most solar workers over the past year, more than offsetting declines in manufacturing
  • Solar industry employment has grown by 27% to a figure that outstrips the 91,611 U.S. coal miners

SOLAR DRIVES OUR ECONOMY:

  • 38 states and/or U.S. territories have some form of renewable portfolio standard, goals, or incentives as part of their energy plan
  • Some of the largest corporations and retailers in the world are utilizing solar energy in order to help reduce operating costs and increase profits (Wal-Mart, Macy’s, IKEA, Costco, Dow Jones and more)
  • Florida imports all of the fossil fuels we use to produce electricity, which means we send more than $15 billion out of state every year to buy natural gas and coal
  • Florida Solar means Florida jobs and a thriving economy. This applies to various industries including construction and roofing, manufacturing, engineering, architecture, education, banking and more

SOLAR IS A SOLUTION, NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE:

  • approximately 9 out of 10 voters (92%) believe it is important for the U.S. to develop and use solar power
  • 85% of U.S. voters and 87% of swing voters support solar over all other energy sources.
  • 78% of voters are eager to see government support solar through financial incentives
  • 94% of democrats, 89% of independents, and 75% of Republicans support the use of solar
  • 86% of voters said they want leadership on moving from coal and nuclear energy to wind and solar (72% of Republicans, 83% of independents, and 97% of Democrats)

FLORIDA CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT:

  • If Florida does not create a market demand for PV soon, we will only be trading our imported fossil fuels for imported solar electric panels.
  • Florida will miss out on revenue and economic activity occurring from new jobs and the opportunity to export Florida made solar panels and products
  • Florida will continue to trail other states that are aggressively pursuing solar energy until elected officials with vision and political capital convince others that the state should be a leader in this field

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Enough sunlight hits the Earth’s surface in one hour to power the world for an entire year

FlaSEIA: 2555 Porter Lake Drive, Suite 106, Sarasota, FL  34240, Phone: (800) 426-5899, FAX: (941)366-7433, info@FlaSEIA.org, www.FlaSEIA.org

Gathered and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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