Florida utility commits to solar energy

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Duke Energy plans to develop at least nine new solar projects Duke Energy has announced plans to develop at least nine new solar energy systems in Florida. The utility will also be doing away with a controversial nuclear energy charge on customer bills. Duke Energy notes that the new solar initiatives are worth approximately $6 billion. These new projects are part of the utilities overarching efforts to embrace renewable power. The utility has faced criticism in the past for lagging behind others in this regard. Solar technology has improved significantly…

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Florida utility unveils plans to develop new solar energy systems

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New solar projects announced by Florida Power & Light Florida Power & Light has announced plans to build eight new solar energy plants within the next 12 months. The utility will be developing these projects through its NextEra Energy subsidiary. These energy systems are expected to have some economic impact as they will help create new jobs and reduce reliance on fossil-fuels. Solar energy has growing in Florida at a relatively slow pace, partly due to the concerns of major utilities. This may be changing, however, as more companies begin…

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Florida utility aims to increase solar energy capacity

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Florida Power & Light will build eight new solar energy systems The largest utility is Florida has plans to double its solar energy capacity in the coming year. Florida Power & Light has announced that it will build eight new solar farms by early 2018. These solar farms will feed energy into the state’s power grid. The endeavor will help bolster Florida’s solar energy market, which has been growing relatively slowly when compared to markets in other states. Building new solar projects could also have an economic impact on the…

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Florida voters choose to preserve the solar energy market

Solar energy market receives the support of Florida voters Voters in Florida have chosen to preserve the future of solar energy in their state. On Tuesday, voters rejected Amendment 1, which had been promoted as a benefit for the solar energy market by utilities and other advocates. This was only on the surface, however, as the referendum actually sought to levy fees on solar customers, even when they were not consuming electricity generated by solar panels. Had the referendum passed, solar developers feared that the solar energy market in Florida…

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Controversy explodes in Florida’s solar energy space

Leaked recording highlights potential political deception Political controversy is brewing in Florida. This controversy has come to surround Amendment 1, which seeks to make major changes to the way solar energy works in the state. The political committee behind this amendment has erased nearly all references made to the James Madison Institute on its social media sites. This comes after a leaked recording during which the group’s policy director suggested that utilities were attempting to deceive voters into believing that Amendment 1 is a pro-solar measure. Amendment 1 could completely…

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Florida voters have a chance to determine the future of solar energy

Rooftop solar faces a major decision in Florida Rooftop solar energy is at risk in Florida, and voters have a chance to determine its future. A new measure is on the ballot for Florida and, if approved, it will grant consumers the right to own or lease solar panels and other photovoltaic equipment. It would also prohibit utilities from charging solar customers more for the electricity they consume. Many of the state’s utilities are opposing the measure, hoping to keep hold of the increasingly competitive energy market in Florida. Utilities…

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Florida proposal seeks to boost the solar energy market

Solar power remains somewhat expensive, but leasing programs can solve this Sunlight is free, but using this resource to generate electricity is still an expensive endeavor. While the cost of photovoltaic technologies has fallen in recent years, the typical cost of an average household solar energy system capable of generating a day’s worth of electricity is comparable to a new vehicle. This is why many consumers rely heavily on leasing programs, which mitigate the upfront costs associated with solar energy and makes this form of clean power more attractive to…

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Florida amendment could improve solar energy adoption

Voters will have a chance to determine the future of solar energy in Florida Voters in Florida will soon have the opportunity to voice their opinion concerning the use of renewable energy.  In November, consumers will be able to vote on the Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use initiative, also known as Amendment 3. The amendment is meant to ensure that those not using solar energy will not have to pay for solar projects. The amendment also seeks to prevent those using solar power from selling the electricity…

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Proposal in Florida aims to support residential solar energy

Voters could determine the fate of solar power in Florida Voters in Florida will have a chance to make their voice heard on August 30 regarding a tax break focused on renewable energy. The tax break concerns clean power systems, particularly those harnessing solar energy, being installed on residential properties. Residential solar energy has been seeing strong growth in recent years as more homeowners look to embrace clean power as a way to save money and become more environmentally friendly. The tax break has made it easier for these homeowners…

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New solar power facility launched at Walt Disney World

The solar panels have been designed in the shape of Mickey Mouse ears. Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, has launched a new solar power facility at the Walt Disney World Resort in an effort to expand renewable energy in central Florida. What makes this particular solar facility so unique is that it has been designed in the shape of Disney’s iconic Mickey Mouse ears, which is fitting since the facility will be helping to provide power to the world-famous resort. The 5 MW…

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Groups battle over the solar energy rules of Florida

Groups are seeking to make changes to the state’s policies concerning solar energy Two groups are looking to make changes to the Florida Constitution in hopes of supporting solar energy in some way. Both of these groups are funneling money into efforts to change state laws and regulations, and the effects that these changes have on the state’s solar market could be considerable. The first group, Consumers for Smart Solar, is supporting a pro-utility amendment, hoping to maintain the state’s current solar practices to some degree. Floridians for Solar Choice,…

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Florida Supreme Court approves initiative concerning solar energy

New initiative seeks to make solar energy more available in Florida The Florida Supreme Court has approved a new ballot initiative that aims to expand the state’s use of solar energy. The decision could have significant political ramifications, as it places renewable energy at the forefront of legislative debates. Many of the state’s lawmakers have come out in support of solar power, but others believe it is a costly investment with minimal returns. Whatever the case may be, Florida does intend to become more environmentally friendly, and solar energy may…

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Solar energy hits roadblocks in Florida

Florida’s solar energy adoption is slowing to a crawl As energy costs continue to grow, more people in Florida are looking for alternatives to conventional forms of power. The state ranks third in the nation in solar energy capacity, but is 13th when it comes to solar installations. Approximately less than 1% of the state’s energy is generated from solar power systems, with only 6,600 consumers receiving energy from solar sources. Efforts to expand the state’s solar energy installations have stagnated, and state legislators may not be helping the issue.…

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Florida coalition aims to support solar energy

New coalition formed in Florida to highlight the benefits of solar power A new coalition that aims to support solar energy has been formed in Florida. The coalition is comprised of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association, the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. These organization suggest that the state’s laws and it’s investor-owned utilities have slowed the adoption of solar power throughout Florida.  As such, the coalition will work to highlight the benefits of solar power and provide insight on what can be…

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Florida welcomes PACE financed energy program to boost solar power

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  Solar power incentives keep Florida on PACE Solar energy is about to get a major boost in Florida as the state welcomes the first commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE is a financing scheme approved by legislation that allows municipal governments to offer bonds to investors and provide monetary incentives to help consumers adopt alternative energy. The state’s PACE program is called the Florida Green Energy Works Program. It will be taking root in Lantana this month and will help bolster the use of solar energy in…

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