Florida Solar Energy Industry - Cape Coral
Cape Coral is an ideal location for solar energy technology manufacturers, researchers, and suppliers. Competitive advantages are close proximity to your markets and resources, as well as a ready and educated workforce. The City offers three distinct investment zones, two industrial parks and two Foreign Trade Zones for a total of 3,844 acres of commercial/industrial land. Access to the region is through the state-of-the-art Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), which is served by both leading cargo carriers and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone.
Southwest Florida’s climate positions the region for further development of the solar energy technology sector. It is not surprising that Florida is home to the country’s leading solar thermal manufacturers. Solar technology manufacturers, distributors, contractors and retailers who provide solar hot water heating, solar swimming pool heating and solar electric (photovoltaic) systems as well as research centers and consultants will find an ideal business location in Cape Coral.
Solar energy is Florida’s greatest renewable resource and can provide consumers, government and businesses with a reliable source of electricity. Cape Coral has a high number of days with equal sunlight and a yearly average 2000 kWh/year sunshine rating.
Since the year 2008, Florida allows “net metering,” a type of billing where customers who create their own energy are able to send any excess power back to the utility and receive billing credit. Providing a means to interconnect renewable power systems or photovoltaic systems (PV) to the Lee County Electric Corporation (LCEC) and Florida Power and Light (FPL) power grids was a giant step forward in removing barriers and encouraging the development of the solar industry and renewable energy production in the county.