“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”
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”
Supporters of proposed tariffs on solar cells say they are needed to save manufacturers, but others argue they would damage the broader U.S. solar industry. Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”
“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”
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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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”
Sunrun recently announced that it will offer homeowners in Florida a less expensive, cleaner way to power their homes while creating new jobs throughout Orlando and Tampa this year. Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”
A Samsula sod farm may soon be growing a new product – solar energy – via a Florida Power & Light facility that could start construction early next year.
The facility would be one of more than a dozen FPL plans to build over a span of four years as the company works to expand its use of alternative renewable energy. But the proposal leaves at least one property owner in the rural neighborhood of farms and ranchettes nervous about what to expect. Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”
In Atlanta, Georgia, on May 11, 2017, at Solar Power Southeast in the Doing Business in Florida seminar, a panel of participants in each of Florida’s three solar market segments—residential, commercial, and utility-scale—discussed market and regulatory milestone achievements in the Florida market. Tim Hughes discussed the recent advancements in utility-scale solar development and the creative ways that developers are adding value in Florida’s traditionally restrictive regulatory environment. Continue reading “Full House Hears Shumaker’s Comments on Emerging Florida Solar Market”
On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the legislature enrolled a bill for the governor’s signature regarding renewable energy devices, such as solar panels, exempting 80% of their taxable value from county ad valorem taxation. Florida law already provides a 100% exemption for residential solar installations. This bill, however, addresses non-residential solar installations, such as commercial rooftop installations and utility-scale solar farms. Continue reading “Florida Legislature Exempts Solar Equipment from Property Tax”