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

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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”

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

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Solar Farm May Be Headed to Samsula

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”

Full House Hears Shumaker’s Comments on Emerging Florida Solar Market

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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”

Florida Legislature Exempts Solar Equipment from Property Tax

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.[1] 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”

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Tampa is a “Solar Builder” among U.S. Cities

Tampa is No. 1 among U.S. cities with a history of solar energy leadership and those that have recently experienced significant solar energy development, according to a new report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center.

Statements on Florida House Bill 1351 on Solar Property Tax Exemption

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – House Bill 1351 unanimously passed the House Commerce committee today. House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, Tom Kimbis with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Scott Thomasson with Vote Solar issue the following statements in response to legislative activity in Florida . . . Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”