The Sunshine State could be a leader in solar energy production with the third most solar potential in America. Unfortunately, Florida has lagged in solar adoption so far. It currently ranks 14th with 275 MW of installed solar capacity. This is enough power to energize 32,000 homes.*
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While Florida has much solar work to do, the state has made some strides in recent years. Here are some key facts about solar activity in the state;*
- Florida added 41 MW of solar power across the state in 2015. This gave it a national ranking of 16th for that year.
- There are at least 425 solar businesses in the state. They help employ about 6,600 people.
- Prices for installed systems fell about 6% from 2014-2015.
- $105 million of solar capacity was added to all classes of solar pv installations – residential, commercial, and utility.
Net metering policies are in effect in Florida. Solar customers get compensated for the energy they produce at the utility’s “avoided-cost rate”.
It could easily be argued that Florida needs to reassess its Renewables Portfolio Standard. The last action on this topic took place in 1999. An agreement was made among The Sierra Club, The American Lung Association of Florida, and a major utility in the state to have it produce at least 7.5% of its electricity from clean, green sources by 2015.**
On a brighter, more positive note, the potential of solar power use in Florida is massive. It is the state’s most abundant energy source. A complete transition to solar power would produce 5,274,479,000 MWh of energy. Total consumption is only 231,209,614 MWh as of 2010. So solar power could provide almost 23 times what is needed by the state.***
There are approximately 215 solar power installers in Florida. They can be found throughout the state, covering just about all of the state’s coastlines. Contractors are commonly found in Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Hialeah, Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Port St. Lucie, Spring Hill, Sarasota, Naples, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Cocoa, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, and Pensacola to name a few.
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*Information and figures gathered from seia.org.
**Information and figures gathered from dsireusa.org.
***Information and figures gathered from wikipedia.org.