The Florida Solar Energy Industry Association (FlaSEIA) has decided to follow the leadership of it’s national trade association (SEIA) to support the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE). Supporting CASE is an act of preventing the U.S and Florida solar PV industry from the harm of increasing costs.
FlaSEIA sees the most recent acceptance of SolarWorld’s newest phase of dumping and subsidy petition by U.S International Trade Commission (ITC) a clear and present danger to the success and growth the Florida solar PV industry. FlaSEIA feels that more tariffs within the solar industry will increase the costs to install solar for everyone, making solar less competitive with fossil fuel. It is the goal of FlaSEIA to support initiatives and technology that reduce the costs of going solar, not increase it. Lower more competitive costs with other energy sources means that more Florida home owners, business owners and land owners can economically afford to go solar.
“It is the responsibility of FlaSEIA to stand behind the solar energy industry and protect the jobs that our members here in Florida are creating,” said Wayne Wallace, President of FlaSEIA.
CASE President Jigar Shah, says “CASE welcomes the membership of Florida SEIA and looks forward to working together to protect the affordability of American solar power from counterproductive new tariffs. As solar energy companies across Florida understand, the threat of tariffs on solar imports is already needlessly driving up the price of solar power, jeopardizing the more than 140,000 jobs our industry supports nationwide. Now joined with Florida SEIA’s support, CASE and its member companies are urging the Obama Administration to bring all parties involved to the table to negotiate a solution that safeguards our country’s clean energy future.”
According to The Solar Foundation the U.S solar energy industry currently employs over 142,000 Americans. On average the industry has added 56 solar workers each day between September 2013 and November 2013. Of those jobs, roughly, only 10% are represented in manufacturing. This is a clear sign that the solar energy industry creates many more high paying construction, engineering and sales related jobs in the U.S. versus the manufacturing sector. Any increase in cost to module pricing will affect the installation sector first and will likely have little impact on U.S. made manufacturing competitiveness.
According to the solar census Florida is currently 18th in job creation and the home of 4,000 jobs which are at stake if the costs of solar rises versus decreases. The Florida sun represents the 3rd greatest potential for solar generation. Florida’s solar job future could look more like California’s 40,000+ jobs without policy roadblocks such as this.
The Florida Solar Energy Industry Association (FlaSEIA) is the Florida trade association that supports the widespread adoption of photovoltaic and thermal solar energy throughout Florida. As a voice of the solar industry in Florida, FlaSEIA works with its nearly 100 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar by removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit FlaSEIA online a www.flaseia.org
About the Coalition for Affordable Energy (CASE):
CASE is a 501(c)4 organization whose purpose is to educate the Administration, Congress, the American solar industry and the public about the impact of protectionism on the affordability of solar energy and the
American workforce. Its primary focus is to show decision, policy, and opinion-makers that the majority of pro-solar Americans opposes the SolarWorld petition, as it will result in the denial of affordable solar energy to
a nation whose demand for clean and renewable energy is higher than ever before.
Wendy Parker Barsell