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

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Are Florida Voters Getting Burned by Lawmakers on Last Year’s Solar Amendment?

TALLAHASSEE — A bill moving through the Florida House to implement the August ballot initiative by giving tax breaks to businesses that install solar energy panels is under fire for doing what the utility industry could not do in the last election cycle — impose impediments to rooftop solar installation. Several legislators of a committee expressed reservations and members of the solar industry warned that a long list of “consumer protections” in the bill will actually serve to keep legitimate companies from doing business in Florida.

Making Solar Big Enough to Matter

Solar energy has become big business. Over the past decade it has plummeted in cost, surged in volume, and, as booming industries do, benefited some investors and burned others. The International Energy Agency has predicted photovoltaic solar could provide up to 16 percent of the world’s electricity by mid-century — an enormous increase from the roughly 1 percent that solar generates today. But for solar to realize its potential, governments will have to grow up too. They’ll need to overhaul their solar policies to make them ruthlessly economically efficient. The widespread view that solar power is a hopelessly subsidized business is quickly growing outdated. . . .  Continue reading “Here’s a Look at What We’re Reading Today”

Florida Power & Light Company Names Eight New Utility-Scale Solar Projects

Florida Power and Light Company to pepper its service territory with several additional solar farms [1]
Referring to each 74.5-megawatt solar plant as “universal” solar, FPL recently announced that it would add four such plants to its power-generation portfolio by the end of 2017 and four more by March 2018. Last week, FPL identified them by name, county, and acreage when it added the projects to its Solar Energy Centers webpage. Continue reading “Florida Power & Light Company Names Eight New Utility-Scale Solar Projects”

Now Hiring: Are Growing Florida Solar Businesses Properly Using Restrictive Covenants to Protect Their Confidential Information?

Ensure that your non-competition agreements with your solar employees are fully enforceable.

The solar industry is beginning to take off in the Sunshine State. Florida added 1,700 solar jobs in 2016, making it the fifth largest solar employment market in the United States according to the 2016 Solar Jobs Census, and the state is well-positioned for continued growth.

While growth in the solar industry is an overall positive trend, Florida’s solar employers should be aware of certain growing pains as they participate in this expanding market. In particular, employers should be mindful of the right (and wrong) ways to protect and preserve their valuable customer relationships and hard-won confidential information. Continue reading “Now Hiring: Are Growing Florida Solar Businesses Properly Using Restrictive Covenants to Protect Their Confidential Information?”