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26 July

Learning From Ed Regan & Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan About FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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I’ve been spending more time learning about Feed-In-Tariff (FIT). Naturally, Gainesville, FL is an important starting point for history of FIT in USA, for it was the first city in USA that adopted FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) via GRU (Gainesville Regional Utility) back in February/March of 2009.  So, it was both a pleasure and honor for me to present to you Ed Regan and former Mayor of Gainesville, Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan , in the video clip below. This interview was conducted at the top of Downtown Gainesville parking garage (220 SE 2nd Ave.), in Gainesville, Florida.


Solar installations at Downtown parking garage of Gainesville, FL (thanks to Solar Feed-In-Tariff!), photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Solar panels on top of Downtown parking garage of Gainesville, FL (benefitted from FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)), photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

The program (Solar FIT in Gainesville) was open to small, medium, and large projects, but was capped at 4 MW per year. As of 2011, Gainesville has increased solar generated electricity from 328 to 7391 KW. By Dec. of 2012, over 14 MW of solar PV had been installed in the Gainesville area. This is the highest per capita solar PV in Florida and one of the highest in the United States.Solar energy now takes up about 1.2% of peak load energy (610 MW) in Gainesville, FL. FIT had been responsible for much of the widespread implementation of solar in Gainesville area, increased local jobs, and dramatically improved economic opportunities for Gainesville, FL.

Solar panels on rooftop of library in Gainesville, FL, generating solar power (thanks to Solar-FIT!). Photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

At the rooftop of library of Gainesville, FL, near Downtown parking garage, more solar installations are seen. Photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker










Two very important people who were instrumental in the adoption of FIT in Gainesville, FL: Ed Regan and Pegeen Hanrahan are being interviewed in this video. Ed Regan, a senior administrator (Assistant General Manager for strategic planning of GRU, Gainesville Regional Utility) back in 2009, is now with Strategic Utility Management at Gainesville, FL.  Pegeen Hanrahan, two-termed Mayor of Gainesville in 2009, now the Principal of Community and Conservation Solutions, is involved with various projects protecting FL’s public lands, parks, and natural resources.

Ed Regan and Pegeen Hanrahan discussed changes and progress in solar energy during the past few decades and the importance of concerned citizen participation, as well as legislative support and proactive and creative utility staff in setting the right tone for a prosperous renewable/solar energy future.  Without these three factors mentioned above, Solar FIT would not have been able to take place in Gainesville, FL. Ed Regan and Pegeen Hanrahan are two eloquent speakers with plentiful  lessons learned, practical insight, and wisdom.  This is a valuable discussion for any one currently in or will become part of the solar energy future. To better appreciate this interview, please feel free to click on following links:   Kyoto Protocol; net metering; avoided cost; PURPA;Feed-In-Tariff.

As  advocates for solar energy, Sun Is The Future team was thrilled to have this opportunity to learn about solar energy and FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) from these two highly charged individuals. As the cost of solar installations continues to drop, it is apparent that investing in solar is a no brainer. Implementing Solar-FIT, a productive incentive policy,  will help local economic prosperity by creating local jobs, improving energy security, and insuring the health and clean nature of the energy source of all types of   utility ( municipality, investor-owned, or cooperative ). But experience did indicate that investor-owned utility tends to require more hurdles to overcome before Solar-FIT may be successfully implemented.

Now, it is with hope and optimism,  please allow me to share the FIT Song by Regans,written by Kevin and Brendan Regan.

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s support the Renewable/Solar Feed-In-Tariff in Florida, USA, and the planet earth! Let’s convert as much usable space into Renewable Space on our journey toward the Renewable/Solar Future!

~have a bright and sunny day~

written, gathered, and posted by-sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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17 September

The Sunshine State: Florida Solar Market and Policy Issues


Dear Friends & Readers/Visitors/Viewers,

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Below is a recording of the panel of discussion that took place on September 11, 2012, Tuesday, 2:30-4:00P.M. During Solar Power International (SPI)2012, moderated by Bill Gallagher (President of Solar-Fit), Speakers: Patrick Sheehan (Director of Office of Energy), Joseph Pietrzak (Senior Program Manager of Progress Energy of Florida), and Bruce Kershner (Executive Director of FlaSEIA).

Recent history of solar policy in Florida  was presented/discussed. Its effect on the local solar industry and what is needed to create a strong solar industry in the state are analyzed.  All speakers are very well organized and succinct in their presentations. It is clear that incentive policy is critical in determining the future direction (Success or Failure) of our state’s (or any other state’s) energy/solar industry.  From these presentations, we can see the need for a more clear state energy incentive policy (with less regional variations and better defined goal). The effective Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) ( had been a policy responsible for much of the job creations and economic prosperity in Germany, Gainesville, FL.  FIT had been asked by many Florida residents in the past. It’s an incentive policy that had been overwhelmingly received by many countries on planet earth. It is important that all parties involved will try to work cooperatively, for the cost of solar is low enough and will continue to drop. There are also many other modern technologies and R & D for alternative energy that are in the process of development. Mutual cooperation is needed for long term successful survival of all parties, small individuals as well as large utility companies.  Because it is at a point in human history that in the near future, individuals may have the option of going off the grid completely. We are living in a time of global economy and we are not living on an isolated island. If utility companies are truly concerned about their long term viability, they should think of implementing incentives that would keep their customers connected to the grid, working cooperatively toward a solution that will be mutually beneficial for every one involved.  I have long enjoyed the stability of using my utility company and would like to see it on the path being viable for the long haul. FIT may be implemented in such a way that both the utility company and individuals may benefit from participation. I believe CA is trying some such measures. Utility company in Hawaii is also thinking about the future success/viability of their organization, implementing FIT very effectively and cautiously. I would also like to remind you of another post on September 16, 2012 at , recalling lessons from other industries: music industry with mp3 and Kodak with digital photography. In both cases, one can see that resistance was futile and delayed acceptance by the status quo would either lead to dramatic lowered revenue or death of the industry. Don’t forget this type of cooperation is also a way to demonstrate our sense of responsibility for future generations on this planet, for implementation of effective Feed-In-Tariff would lead to massive solar installations, job creations, local economic prosperity, while insuring cleaner and safer environment for our future generations. Our world is changing and our paradigm has shifted such that we all need to learn to play cooperative games in order to survive in this global economy.  Successfully played, it will be a very prosperous, clean, and a war-free future for all of us.

~have a bright and sunny day~

written & posted by sunisthefutrue-Susan Sun Nunamaker,


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