Na­tion’s largest so­lar in­staller to open Florida fa­cil­ity

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

OR­LANDO: The largest US so­lar panel in­staller is mov­ing into sun­baked Florida’s res­i­den­tial mar­ket af­ter vot­ers last month re­jected a util­i­ty­backed bal­lot mea­sure that crit­ics said would make go­ing so­lar more ex­pen­sive.

Tesla Mo­tors sub­sidiary So­larCity said Thurs­day it is open­ing an op­er­a­tions cen­ter near Or­lando and plans to spread into other ar­eas of Florida. A typ­i­cal op­er­a­tions cen­ter em­ploys about 100 peo­ple. The com­pany is hir­ing for sales and installation jobs at its Or­lando area fa­cil­ity in Cler­mont. So­larCity in­stalls cus­tom so­lar sys­tems that it leases to home­own­ers, and also main­tains and re­pairs them. In some states, the com­pany sells the power gen­er­ated by the pan­els di­rectly to con­sumers. But in Florida, the law al­lows only util­ity com­pa­nies to sell power di­rectly to con­sumers.

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