It seems more and more home owners throughout Florida are starting to capitalize on the state's year-round sunshine and blue skies as residential solar installations are on the rise across the Sunshine State.
Based on research from two different agencies, Florida was fourth in the country for 2018 when it came to increased solar capability, adding 850 megawatts in all.
Overall, Florida maintains a strong showing as the eighth largest solar state in the U.S., but statistics continue to reveal we're well on our way to moving further and further up the list. In 2015, Florida only installed 202 megawatts of solar capability compared to a whopping 2,290 in 2018.
Not surprisingly, solar-related jobs are also on the rise statewide. According to a recent report from the Tampa Bay Times, Florida added more than 1,700 solar jobs in 2018, about a 21-percent jump over 2017. Currently the state boasts more than 10,000 jobs in the solar industry, a number that puts Florida in the number two spot in the nation.