Earlier this year, Florida was identified by The Solar Foundation as an emerging leader in solar energy and jobs, adding more than 1,700 new jobs – a 21 percent jump – in 2018 over the prior year and the largest number of new solar jobs in the United States. Part of the reason for Florida’s jump is JinkoSolar‘s entrance to the Jacksonville market.
How did the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer choose to develop its only U.S. manufacturing plant in Jacksonville? National podcast, “The Project: Inside Corporate Location Decisions,” hosted by Andy Levine and Patience Fairbrother of Development Counsellors International (DCI) explores China-based JinkoSolar’s decision to build its $50 million facility in Jacksonville’s Cecil Commerce Center and create 200 new jobs, a number that has already been exceeded.
The episode features interviews from Jeff Juger, director of business development for JinkoSolar, Crystal Stiles, director of economic development for Florida Power & Light (FPL) and Aaron Bowman, SVP of business development of JAXUSA Partnership and lead project manager for this project. As DCI’s website states, the episode details “tales of a rain-drenched economic developer, a flat tire while traveling with the company and a Sunday morning site inspection arranged at the last minute.”
Listen to the podcast here or on any podcast app.