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”

“You Should Assume You Are Going to Lose Power and Hope That You Don’t”

In the face of Hermine’s landfall, Florida Governor Rick Scott warned Floridians: “You should assume you are going to lose power and hope that you don’t.” Three days later, Scott expressed frustration at the rate of power restoration: “I am incredibly disappointed about where the city is on restoring power. It has been almost four days since the storm, and there are still over 21,000 families and businesses in Tallahassee without power.”

Certainly, losing power was a reasonable expectation for electric customers at ground zero, but less expected was the extent of power outages throughout the rest of the state, particularly in places where Hermine’s effects were perhaps only somewhat more intense than a typical summer storm. Continue reading ““You Should Assume You Are Going to Lose Power and Hope That You Don’t””

Clearing the Path for More Solar in the Sunshine State

In the August 30th primary election, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, granting the Florida Legislature’s request for authority to exempt the value of solar improvements from commercial property taxes.

Now that the Legislature has that authority, the people of Florida will look to the Legislature to promptly implement the exemption in the 2017 General Session.

The passage of Amendment 4 further accelerates the already dizzying drop in solar prices. Continue reading “Clearing the Path for More Solar in the Sunshine State”

What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About

If you vote by mail, then you’ve likely already received your August 30 primary ballot with a proposed amendment to the Florida constitution on the back.  It is Amendment 4, and it is the only amendment on the primary ballot.  (The other amendments will appear on the presidential election ballot in November.)

Amendment 4 allows the Legislature to exempt the value of solar panels and other renewable energy equipment from commercial and industrial property taxes.  Specifically, it exempts solar and renewable energy equipment from ad valorem taxation on tangible personal property and real property. Continue reading “What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About”