Businesses and Advocates Shine Light on Florida’s Booming Solar Industry
The Sunshine State sparked two major victories for solar last year, and policymakers are now carrying that torch forward to implement clean energy progress into law.
Industry representatives and advocates are joining lawmakers today for Florida’s first annual Solar Industry Day to celebrate the state’s record solar job growth and in recognition of the voter mandate for clean energy choices in the Sunshine State.
Florida gained 1,700 local jobs powered by solar in 2016, and that growth is expected to continue once lawmakers implement new tax laws this session at the state legislature. In August, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 4 to make solar more accessible for businesses and homeowners in Florida by removing prohibitive tax liabilities. The 73% voter support for the ballot measure showed strong support for more consumer energy choices, creating local jobs, and building healthy communities in the Sunshine State.
State and national solar industry trade groups, business organizations, dozens of local solar companies and Vote Solar are highlighting Senator Jeff Brandes’ Senate Bill 90 to implement Amendment 4 into law.
There are now 8,260 Floridians in the state’s solar workforce and more than a quarter million solar jobs across the country. Nationwide, there are 3 million workers building America’s clean energy economy.