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1 September

Yes, Amendment 4 Passed In State of Florida! Brighter Solar Future For State of Florida!

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Below is a repost from our sister publication, Windermere Sun.

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The votes are in. Amendment 4 passed with the vast majority of Floridians across the state voting YES to support solar power in the Sunshine State (at 73% vs. 27% margin, the measure needs 60% to win)! The victory would not have been possible without the effort of  thousands of volunteers and organizations throughout Florida that worked tirelessly to get the necessary votes. Thank you for all of your dedication and support.

This is a huge step to usher the Sunshine State from being blocked

Sun blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Sun blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

into the Solar Energy Age and on the way in becoming a leader in the solar industry!

Sun is shining, no longer blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Sun is shining, no longer blocked by clouds, by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Amendment 4 will help Floridians to lower energy costs by reducing the tax burden for solar equipment. With lower taxes for homeowners and businesses, more solar energy development is anticipated for Floridians to lock in energy savings, create jobs, spur economic development, and bring much needed diversity to Florida’s energy mix!

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This is just the beginning of opening up Solar in the Sunshine State! If you are interested in supporting good solar policy and defend against anti-solar attacks in the future, click here to request a vote-by-mail ballot this November-become a Florida Solar Voter today.

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Solar Panels by Neville Mecallef, brought to you by WindermereSun.com

Now, Floridians, please remember to Vote “No” for Amendment 1 on November 8 because it’s  a Trojan Horse that the utility companies are using to block further solar development. More on Amendment 1 in a future post.

 


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18 January

Floridians Are Not Giving Up Sunshine For Sunshine State Yet

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Sun shines through leaves in Windermere, FL (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Sun shines through leaves in Windermere, FL (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

To help clarify the press release from Floridians For Solar Choice, below, please refer to one of our earlier post (<–click).

For Update & Press Release from Floridians for Solar Choice, please refer to the italics portion of the post, below:

Contact: Floridians for Solar Choice, 754-307-7451, jennifer@flsolarchoice.org

Floridians for Solar Choice Coalition Discusses Future of the Coalition and Opposition to Misleading Utility-Backed Petition

Solar supporters highlight how utilities’ campaign was designed to confuse voters

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (January 11, 2016) Today, Floridians for Solar Choice joins other parties in filing briefs with Florida’s Supreme Court opposing the utility-backed constitutional amendment, which proposes to maintain Florida’s regulatory status quo for solar energy. Calling the utility-backed solar amendment misleading, solar supporters note the utilities’ proposal was launched only to confuse voters and counter the success of the broadly supported grassroots campaign launched by Floridians for Solar Choice.

“It is a cynical proposal designed to confuse voters. Its ballot language falsely tells voters that the amendment gives people the right to make a solar energy choice, when in fact it gives them nothing more than what they already have under the Florida Constitution’s basic rights and under general law – the ability to own or lease the solar equipment they use to make electricity at their homes and businesses,” said Bill Garner, attorney with Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A.

The Floridians for Solar Choice coalition acknowledges that the utilities’ multi-million dollar misinformation campaign has succeeded in confusing voters and preventing Solar Choice from gaining a slot on the 2016 ballot. However, the coalition’s goal remains unchanged: to open the solar market in Florida and encourage the development of clean and affordable energy through smart solar policy. As petitions are valid for 24 months from the date of signing, the coalition continues to explore options to qualify for the 2018 ballot and Solar Choice volunteers and partner organizations continue to collect petitions around the state.

“Florida is ranked third for rooftop solar potential by the solar energy industry, and yet remains far behind other states in installed solar because of our utility monopolized environment,” said Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians for Solar Choice. “It is unfortunate that Florida continues to treat solar energy differently and continues to maintain barriers to free market growth of this energy source. This coalition and I will keep fighting to provide more choice to the citizens of this great state regarding their energy future.”

Although Florida’s is ranked third in the nation for rooftop solar potential by the Solar Energy Industries Association, there is a dearth of installed solar throughout the Sunshine State. The lack of extensive solar energy systems largely stems from regressive energy policies, many of which are supported by monopoly utilities wary of losing their captive customers in an open energy market.

“My experience on Florida’s Public Service Commission makes it clear that removing regressive energy policies in order to open and more-fully develop the solar market in Florida makes good sense both for Florida’s consumers and for our state’s economy,” said E. Leon Jacobs, Jr., legal counsel to the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. “The utilities’ claims against the proposed Solar Choice amendment are simply not based in fact.”

Although the utility-backed campaign called Consumers for Smart Solar has described itself as a “diverse coalition of business, civic and faith leaders,” financial filings reveal they are entirely backed by utilities and their front groups. Electric utilities contributed more than half of the $5.9 million collected since last summer, and December’s filing are expected to demonstrate continued utility support.

“This misleading ballot amendment is bad for consumers, bad for the environment, and bad for Florida. That’s why we’re challenging it in court,” said Earthjustice attorney Bradley Marshall.

The affirmation of Solar Choice’s dedication to their goal and their strong opposition to the utility backed proposal are timely given the start of the 2016 legislative session tomorrow, and the coalition remains confident that the voice of the people who want more solar in the Sunshine State will be heard.

“The Floridians for Solar Choice coalition is stronger today than ever before and we remain unwavering in our focus to open the solar market in the Sunshine State,” said Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Yes, the utilities have more money, but their positions are on the wrong side of this issue. Deception and unethical manipulation of Florida’s voters will not win in the end. We trust the Supreme Court will see through the monopoly utilities’ chicanery and deny the false petition from ballot access.”

Below is the video of Floridians For Solar Choice Press Conference that took place on Jan. 11, 2016:

So, essentially the take-away from this post is that there is still more time  ( 754-307-7451, jennifer@flsolarchoice.org). Floridians are not giving up the opportunity for bringing in Sunshine to our Sunshine state!

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10 December

Go Solar! With Solar City, Solar Is Ready To Go Mainstream!

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Please show your support for Renewable Energy by visiting-signing-sharing Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State!

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I’ve received so much comments/questions about the Solar City post of Dec. 9, 2013, that I’ve decided to have a series of 3 posts on Solar City (today’s post will be the second of this series).  To help answer some of your questions, I found another video that further clarifies what Solar City is offering, below:


As Lindon Rive, Founder & CEO of Solar City, has asked, “If you had the choice  between paying more for dirty power, or paying less for clean power, what would you do?” Of course, the answer should be quite obvious to all of us.

For people who are hesitant in installing solar due to the upfront cost,  Solar City has come up with a disruptive solution: installing solar equipment for free and just sell the electricity (such that solar generated electricity costs less than the electricity generated from the utility). So, Solar City has to deal with the challenge of building a massive delivery mechanism for installing and deploying solar at a scale that has never been seen before in this country. Through this mechanism, solar energy consumers acquire that sense of independence and autonomy that was not available in the past.  This exciting transformation will ultimately lead to rooftop solar being seen everywhere. Solar City is showing us a path toward having economically viable sustainable energy. Yes, solar is finally ready to become a mainstream power source! Yes, Solar City will install for their customers’ solar systems for free. Solar City’s customers pay for solar power by the month, as they’d have with their utility bill. The only difference is that their solar bill would be lower than their previous utility bill. Solar City makes it very easy and simple for the customers, taking care of everything from designing and permitting, to installing, monitoring and maintaining the system.  I believe so strongly in Solar City’s business model that I’ve decided to purchase stocks in the company after I complete this post.

However, for those of us who have no intention of moving within 20+ years and who are willing to put in the upfront cost, it is still better to put in the initial cost ourselves because once the solar panels had completely paid for itself (within less than 10 years), the solar electricity received will be completely free. Just in case you don’t already know, some of those solar panels may last as long as 50+ years (even though the warranty may only be for 20 years)!

Going Solar makes both environmental sense and economic sense. It’s a No Brainer! As long as you’ve got a rooftop, it’s time to Go Solar!

Some of you Floridians pointed out the fact that Solar City did not seem to be available in FL (based on our Dec. 9, 2013 post). The reason that Florida is not on the top of the Solar City priority list is because there are not as much incentives in the state of Florida for renewable energy.  So, if you would like to see that changed, please feel free to go to the top of this post to participate in our petition drive for Renewable-FIT For Sunshine State! Let’s speed up the transition toward solar and renewable energy in Sunshine State or any state!

 

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12 August

Updates About FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) & From SEIA

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I just want to add one comment to the email below: FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) and various modified FIT programs would actually be more fair and even more effective than the net metering system. Allow me to present to you some updates on FIT and similar programs at Feed-In-Tariffs and Similar Programs (made available by U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Below, you will find the recent press release from SEIA (in italics):

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America’s Solar Industry Looks to Play Key Role in Grid Modernization

Washington, D.C. – Reacting to a new report issued today by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says its members are well-positioned to assist efforts to modernize the U.S. electric grid and to make it more resilient in the future when pounded by severe weather.

SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement after the report’s release:

“Ten years after the largest blackout in U.S. history, which blanketed eight states in the Northeast in the summer of 2003 and left 50 million Americans in the dark, solar is more important than ever to our nation’s energy security and grid reliability. We look forward to working with the White House, DOE and Congress to leverage ways that solar can add to the grid’s resiliency and overall long-term effectiveness.

“As more and more nuclear and coal plants are mothballed, America’s solar energy industry is doing its part to make up for some of that lost generating capacity. Today, more than 30 utility-scale, clean energy solar projects are under construction, putting thousands of electricians, steelworkers and laborers to work and helping to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. These facilities, along with rooftop solar on homes, businesses and schools, will generate electricity for generations to come. In fact, by the end of next year, distributed generation from residences alone is expected to top 3,000 megawatts (MW) for the first time ever.

“All totaled, there is now more than 8,500 MW of cumulative solar electric capacity installed in the U.S. – enough to power more than 1.3 million American homes. What’s more, in the first quarter of 2013, more than 48 percent all new electricity added to the grid was solar. In addition, innovative solar heating and cooling systems are offering American consumers cost-efficient, effective options for meeting their energy needs.

“Today, solar employs nearly 120,000 Americans at more than 5,600 companies, most of which are small businesses spread across the United States, making solar one of the fastest growing industries in America. Part of this amazing growth is attributed to the fact that the cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past two years, making solar more affordable than ever.

“Simply put, solar is critically important to our nation’s energy security and national security – and we’re doing our part to fight climate change, too. By anyone’s standards, that’s a win-win for America.”

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About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

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9 June

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (4)

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!
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As we progress to the fourth episode of the “Pathway To #100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream”, I want to share with you  the talk by #Angelina Galiteva, Founding Board Chair of Renewables 100 Policy Institute. In addition to founding the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, #Angelina M. Galiteva was appointed in 2011 by #Governor Jerry Brown to the #California Independent Systems Operator Board (CAISO). Angelina Galiteva shares with us the goals for California’s renewable energy future:

  1. Increase the overall #RE (renewable energy) content
  2. #Create jobs and new industries
  3. Improve the environment
  4. Mitigate #climate change
  5. Increase #energy security
  6. Support new technologies

She stresses the importance of impact of regulatory policy on the structure and success for renewable energy industries. #Regulatory policy is essentially divided into three broad groups of policy on a geographic level:

  1. Traditional regulation (#Mandated standards and #Public education)
  2. Carbon Pricing (#Carbon taxes and #Cap-and-trade)
  3. #Innovation Policy (#Knowledge management and #Adjustment assistance)

In assessing the potential success of policies, investors are looking for a policy framework that will provide transparency, longevity, certainty and consistency.  The policy is more likely to be successful if it addresses issues below:

  1. Enhancing returns
  2. Mitigating risk
  3. Addressing non-financial barriers (such as inter-connection)

It has been demonstrated that Feed-In-Tariff is the most effective policy so far. Please view the video below where Angelina Galiteva explains why Feed-In-Tariff has proven to be such an effective incentive policy for renewable energy:

This is one of the reasons that Sun Is The Future began early in 2011, to help  spread better understanding of Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable/Solar Energy, to start the petition “#Solar-FIT For Sunshine State”. Yes, #FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) is an incentive policy that has and will benefit  the consumers/people.  So, please join me in signing the petition above if you are a resident of Florida. Please start a petition for your state/province/country if you are not a resident of Florida and if Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable Energy is not yet established in your state/province/country.  With the FIT in place, the future of our planet will be much brighter. I will try to start a youtube channel specifically on #Feed-In-Tariff to help clarify some of your questions. Please feel free to email me any link for any video(s) on the topic of Feed-In-Tariff.

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