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.