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Solar installations are on the rise in Florida

Florida is one of the top states for residential solar installations. Pictured is a residential solar array in 2018. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times, 2018]
Florida is one of the top states for residential solar installations. Pictured is a residential solar array in 2018. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times, 2018]
Published Mar. 14, 2019

Florida solar installations are on the rise. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, Florida added the fourth-most megawatts in the country in 2018 — 850 megawatts.

The Sunshine State climbed from 202 megawatts of solar capability installed as of 2015 to about 2,290 in 2018, making it the eighth-largest solar state.

Florida also has the second-highest number of solar jobs, totaling just over 10,300 jobs. The state added 1,769 positions in the field in 2018, up 21 percent from the prior year.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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