Clean energy jobs in Florida
Florida is leading the nation in solar energy developments, and will be the second largest supplier of utility-generated solar power in the nation. And investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, like solar power, shows big gains for the state.
A recent report estimates that a $5.7 billion investment in deploying clean energy technologies in Florida can create over 120,000 jobs. This net increase in jobs will reduce the state’s unemployment rate to 4.4% in two years from 5.7% in June 2008.
Sources: Center for American Progress
Kevin and Russell O. of Miami are twin brothers, veterans, and co-founders of Veterans Energy Solutions, LLC, a Miami-based provider of home energy efficiency audits and designer and installer of solar, wind, and geothermal energy systems. Their interest in renewable energy stems from their military service in Iraq, where they learned firsthand of the need to end our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and their experiences during the devastating hurricane seasons in 2004 and 2005, where they were convinced of the need to stop climate change. Kevin said that he likes working in the renewable energy industry because it “kills two birds with one stone by achieving energy independence and addressing climate change.” Russell, a ten year veteran of the US Military and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, added that, “Although I left active military service, I continue to serve in a different capacity: Energy Independence!”