solar energy

The Sunshine Economy
2:54 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

The Problem With Selling Solar In Florida

Chief Marketing Officer William Berenson and co-founder Ludovic Roche show a PWRstation on the screen while at work at the Lab in Wynwood.
Credit Karen Rundlet / Miami Herald

The state of Florida is known for its great weather -- the state’s official nickname, after all, is the “Sunshine State.” But try selling solar energy in Florida and you’re likely to get a chilly reception, says a Miami-based founder of a solar startup.

Ludovic Roche, co-founder of PWRstation, claims that when it came to keeping his company’s headquarters in Miami, he and business partner, Robert Albertella, were encouraged to take the better offer and leave the U.S.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

How Big Energy Wields Its Power Over Solar In Florida

Utility companies say if lots of people suddenly start using solar panels on their roofs, it would cause a huge disruption to the electric system.
Credit Solar Energy Tampa Florida/flickr

A citizen-led effort seeks to put a solar power-expanding initiative on Florida’s 2016 ballot. It would allow entities other than utility companies to sell the solar power they generate. At the same time, legislation proposed in Tallahassee would keep Florida as one of only five states that prevent anyone other than utilities from selling solar power.

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Newscast
6:42 am
Wed February 18, 2015

February 18, 2014: Activists Hope To Bring 'Game-Changing' Solar Initiative To Ballot

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard...

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Supporters Want Solar Choice On 2016 Ballot

Solar energy supporters are trying to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot. If they succeed, they’ll need at least 60 percent of the vote for it to pass.
Credit Mike Ray/flickr

A petition drive now underway in Florida would get a solar power amendment on the ballot in 2016. If voters approve the proposal, individuals who use the sun to generate electricity would be able to sell that electricity.

For now, only Florida’s utility companies can do that.

Supporters must collect 683,149 signatures to get the proposal before voters. At least 60 percent of voters must approve the amendment for it to be placed in the Constitution.

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Newscast
6:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014: Crist Pledges To Support Solar Energy, State Parks Break Record

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Environment
8:45 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Florida Clean Energy Report Shows State Falls Short Of Its Potential

The Florida Solar Energy Center is a research institute of the University of Central Florida, located on a 20 acre research complex on Florida's Space Coast at UCF's Cocoa satellite campus.
Credit http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/ / Florida Solar Energy Center

A coalition of energy partners has published a census of renewable energy jobs in Florida.

The coalition includes: the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy, the Florida Chapter of Energy Services Coalition and Environmental Entrepreneurs or E2, an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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What's the Story?
10:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy?

A solar panel installation at FPL's Martin County Next Generation hybrid natural gas and solar energy plant.
Credit Julia Duba

As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation.

In Florida, there’s no financial assistance for installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy users can only take a federal tax credit.

Florida Power and Light powers the state using mostly natural gas. Out of all the energy FPL provides, only 0.06 percent comes from solar energy.

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