Sunny Jacksonville has Real Solar Power Potential.
by Donny Mak
on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 1:00am.
Jacksonville is one of the best cities in America with the potential to exploit solar power.
By: Alan Aptheker
It appears we would do well to tap into the sun for more of our energy here in Jacksonville.
A report from Environment America Research & Policy Center indicates that Jacksonville is among the top 20 cities in the nation recognized has having the potential for massive amounts of photovoltaic power. In fact, we're #13, just behind Sacramento.
Special mention was given to Neptune Beach. They've reduced power costs at Neptune Beach City Hall by installing 140 solar panels. In 2013 alone, that's saved the city some $7,300 in reduced energy costs. It may not sound like much, but more cities participating in programs like these would certainly add up to significant savings.
Jacksonville proper also garnered some special mention, by virtue of its “Sustainable Building Program,” established in 2009, all new city buildings to meet green building certification standards, (which can, and should, include solar panels).
Top 20 U.S. Cities for Installed Solar Energy Capacity