Alliance Pushes For Solar In The Sunshine State

by Ed Tsunoda

You would think that in the solar energy world, Florida – “The Sunshine State” – would be the vanguard for development and production. But it turns out, that’s not the case, because utility companies have been fighting the change. A new coalition is making a push to change all that.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the coalition includes three major renewable and clean energy organizations: the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy, as well as the nonprofit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

The organizations say Florida laws and the state’s investor-owned utilities have hampered the growth of solar power in the Sunshine State.

Florida’s largest utilities want to reduce conservation goals by more than 90 percent and have attacked solar as unreliable and costly.


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