Last Thursday, the New Orleans City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of policies that encourage a robust local solar industry. The resolution expresses the city’s leadership in solar, as well as the ability of solar energy to save families money, provide quality employment opportunities, produce clean energy, and grow the local economy.
Councilmember Guidry, one of the resolution’s co-sponsors, spoke of the city’s success in adopting solar energy. In February, New Orleans was named a leader in Environment America’s “Top 10 Solar Cities” ranking. The city is currently number six in the country for solar energy per capita. Councilmember Guidry went on to say “I look forwarding to becoming number one.”
During public comments, GSREIA voiced support for the resolution, noting that the council had the opportunity to support a growing industry that creates a significant number of long-lasting local jobs. The solar industry employs over 3,600 direct and supporting jobs inLouisiana, and New Orleans is home to many successful solar businesses that employ local residents
New Orleans is a bright spot for solar energy, with one third of the state’s solar installations and a designation by the US Department of Energy in 2008 as a “Solar America City.” “Solar is growing fast in America, and 87% of Louisianans have said they want to see more solar back home,” said Jeff Cantin, President of GSREIA. “With the state considering cuts to the Solar Tax Credit program, it’s important to remember that families and businesses rely on thoughtful management of these programs for a stable business environment.”
GSREIA congratulates Councilmembers Guidry, Williams, Gray, Cantrell and Brossett for co-sponsoring the resolution, and thanks the entire council for their unanimous approval. The workers, families, and entrepreneurs of solar look forward to continuing the growth of new energy jobs and economic development in New Orleans.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.