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18 April

Let’s, The Floridians, Move Up From Rank 28!

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SEIA Joins BlueGreen Alliance in Calling for Renewed Efforts to Create Jobs WASHINGTON, DC — Calling job creation in America a “shared goal,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today joined other trade associations, labor unions, environmental groups and business and community advocates in pushing for new efforts to address climate change, rebuild America’s aging infrastructure and foster innovation. Members of the BlueGreen Alliance, which represents more than 15 million members and supporters nationwide, held a press conference today on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to jumpstart job creation.   One important way, they said, was to dramatically expand the use of renewable energy, including solar. “Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, providing good-paying jobs for more than 119,000 American workers,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  “Over the past five years, the U.S. solar energy industry has experienced sustained growth

Solar Energy Industry Growth

thanks to rising demand, falling costs and new financing options. Since 2008, the amount of solar powering our homes, businesses and military bases has increased six-fold – from 1,100 megawatts to more than 7,700 megawatts today, which is enough to power more than 1.2 million American homes.” Resch went on to say, “Some of this growth is attributed to the fact that the cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past two years, making solar more affordable than ever for consumers. If we want to  create new jobs, foster innovation and ensure prosperity for future generations of Americans, we must expand our commitment to using clean, renewable energy sources in the U.S. and around the world.” In a related development, The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today announced the release of its State Solar Jobs Map (www.solarstates.org), a web-based tool providing the first-ever solar jobs numbers for each of the 50 states.

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Did you know that a few cloudy days don’t hurt us as much as poor policies?  Please allow me to share part of a letter/email I’ve just received from SEIA’s Carrie Hitt, below:

Dear Susan Sun, Today, the Solar Foundation released their State Solar Jobs Map, a web-based tool providing the first-ever highly credible solar jobs numbers for each of the fifty states. . These new state numbers build upon TSF’s National Solar Jobs Census 2012, which found that the U.S. solar energy industry employs 119,016 Americans and that solar employment grew 13.2 percent over the prior year, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The interactive map features detailed profiles with state jobs figures, rankings of industry subsectors by employment, key state policies supporting solar, and much more. Check it out. See how your state compares and show off your home state on Facebook! Share this image on Facebook and help us spread the word! The top ten solar jobs states all have public support and smart policies that spur solar development, including renewable portfolio standards

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I found out that:

  1. Sunshine State (FL) has a rank of 28 for Solar Jobs per Capita among all states of USA
  2. SOLAR LEADERS: CA, AZ, NJ, MA, PA top 5 states for solar employment http://solarstates.org
  3. STUDY SHOWS: Strong solar energy jobs market not limited to Sunbelt http://solarstates.org
  4. JOBS: 1 out of every 306 Arizona worker is a solar worker http://solarstates.org

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Every where I go, there are folks worried about the rising cost of fuel, CO2 emissions, global warming, and depleting fossil fuel. My visiting friends from Denmark and Germany commented that there are far more installations of solar panels in their countries (with less sunshine) than here in Florida (the Sunshine State).

Solar Panels under Florida Sun

The reason is: they have FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) for renewable energy and we, the Floridians, do not. So, I will do my part, and I hope those of you out there who are residents of Florida, will also do yours.

Let’s Spread Our Glorious Florida Sunshine!

Please be sure to visit our tomorrow’s post: April 19, 2013, at www.sunisthefuture.net, for the opportunity for us to collaborate toward a brighter future for Florida ! Let’s move up from rank 28!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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23 March

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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