3 Solar Headlines Deserve Repeating

Jacksonville and Solar Panels cleaned by solar servicesThree Major Solar Headlines in the Last Year That Deserve Repeating

The hope that we could power our cities with electricity generated by the sun seemed like science fiction to many just a few years ago. But there have been three major headlines in the last year that prove it’s anything but.

Solar Services Solar Panels and JacksonvilleJacksonville Ranks 19th in the Nation for Cities with the Most Solar Installed
With more than 24 Megawatts of solar capacity already pumping power into the JEA grid and more systems going online daily from local contractors Jacksonville has joined the ranks of cities that earned an honorable mention in a report by Frontier Group and the Environment America Research and Policy Center released in April 2017.

Jacksonville has helped the country reach 42,000 megawatts of solar electricity capacity installed as of this year. That’s enough energy to power 8.3 million average U.S. homes and offset 52.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the gas that traps heat in our atmosphere which causes global warming.
coal burning power plantJacksonville’s St. Johns River Power Park Coal Plant is Shutting Down

As Jacksonville residents we’re all familiar with the towering structure of the St. Johns River Power Park. Three years ago when people still talked about the threat of global warming as if it were a theory this structure seemed an immovable impasse to a new energy paradigm. Thanks to natural gas and solar its closure is at hand.

JEA CEO Paul McElroy has said the closure offers “significant environmental benefits.” Transitioning away from coal will reduce the utility’s carbon footprint by 30 percent and protect our waterways by reducing nitrogen flows to the St. Johns River.

Solar Employment Grew by more than 24% Last Year

Even though the rise of solar will displace fossil fuel jobs solar employment is outpacing that of the rest of the overall U.S. economy.

The U.S. solar industry employed 260,077 in 2016 according to a report released by The Solar Foundation. That’s almost a 25% increase in the number of jobs from 2015.

The increase corresponds to the massive number of new solar installations now coming online in the United States as consumer demand increases with falling prices in solar technology.

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