Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today

Florida was the Third-Fastest Growing Solar State in 2017

newsEngin.21510799_FPLLoggerheadsolarplant2018[1]“Florida moved into the top 10 solar states for the first time since 2011, adding 748 megawatts in 2017.

 The Sunshine State was also the third fastest growing solar state last year, growing 109 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.

FPL HAS POWERED UP FOUR MORE SOLAR PLANTS THIS YEAR

Florida had a total of 1,430 megawatts of solar installed at the end of 2017. It also ranks fifth in solar jobs,with 8,529.”

 

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Tampa Electric plans 350-acre solar farm in northeast Pasco

“Tampa Electric is proposing a 350-acre solar energy farm in rural Pasco County to produce 55 megawatts of electricity, part of the company’s plan to install 6 million solar panels in 10 sites over the next three years.The Pasco project represents a $75 million investment in solar energy, said Tampa Electric spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs. Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”

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FPL Unveils Solar-Plus-Storage That Increases the Plant’s Output

“Florida Power & Light Company today unveiled a new solar-plus-storage system that is believed to be the first in the country to fully integrate battery technology with a major solar power plant in a way that increases the plant’s overall energy output.

By incorporating this new technology into the 74.5-MW FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center, FPL expects to increase the amount of solar energy that the plant can deliver to the electric grid by more than half a million kilowatt-hours a year.” Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”

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Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

The Tampa Bay Times reports on President Trump’s approval of “tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.

The Republican’s decision followed recommendations for tariffs by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

“The president’s action makes clear again that the Trump administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses in this regard,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement announcing the decision.” Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”

Unprecedented Solar Push Means Sunshine State May Live Up to Its Name

Solar Push“For years, solar energy has been an ironic afterthought in the Sunshine State, particularly among utilities keen on pursuing natural gas, nuclear and legacy coal options for power. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a Washington-D.C.-based nonprofit, considers Florida as having the third-highest potential for solar energy. But with just over 700 megawatts installed, the state ranks at No. 13 nationally for current solar capability.” Continue reading “Unprecedented Solar Push Means Sunshine State May Live Up to Its Name”

Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today

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Duke Energy to Invest $6B for Solar, Batteries and EVs, Scrap Nuclear Plant Plans

Duke Energy Florida filed a revised settlement that lays out a four-year, nearly $6 billion investment into 700 megawatts of solar PV, 50 megawatts of energy storage, 500 electric-vehicle chargers, and smart meters and grid modernization across the state.

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New Solar Laws Expected to Boost Florida Commercial Installations

Since Fort Lauderdale-based Advance Solar & Spa installed the 120 commercial LG 72-cell solar panels, at 335 watts each in April, Mahmoudi estimates he is saving $800 to $1,000 a month in electricity costs. Plus, guests at the New Sun Gate have also made favorable comments about Mahmoudi’s decision to use solar power. Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”