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solar energy in the sunshine state?


I had a customer call in today from Florida and he was telling me how disappointed he was that he doesn’t see too many solar panels in Florida, he stressed it is the “sunshine state”. It’s unfortunate that amount of solar irradiation has no relation to how many solar panels are installed in region, for example Germany is leading the world in solar energy usage and they are well known for their cloudy climate, in fact they have half the solar irradiation then we do here in the U.S.

In Germany the energy policy is very favorable towards green energy and that’s why solar panels are much more common out there. Here in the U.S. we have very bias policies in support fossil fuels over green energy, unfortunately.

Reflecting on the conversation I had with our customer, Florida is one of the top states leading the green energy revolution. In fact, this earlier this year the first feed-in tariff in America was passed in Gainesville, FL, now that’s historic.

Just today, Progress Energy a major electric company in Florida announced that the hit a significant milestone of installing one megawatt (MW) of solar power capacity. Their solar rebate program encouraged more than 140 customers to install solar panels to offset their electric bills. Progress also has 20 solar pv farms generating clean power over 35 service territories.

I agree we don’t see solar on every rooftop in the USA yet, although in my opinion we soon will, the technology will become as common as life is today with cell phones and computers. The green energy revolution will not transition us over night, but we will soon notice the change. One day in the future we’ll be reflecting, “remember the time when we used to have to pay for energy” What do you think? Do you agree with me?

Author: Deep Patel

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