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The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has helped support a robust solar industry in the United States. Unfortunately, the ITC was not extended by Congress late last year and, now, has begun stepping down.

Why has the Tesla Solar Roof – and solar roof tiles in general – been so difficult to get right?

The issuance of green municipal bonds offers a wonderful opportunity to relieve some of the economic pressure and lost jobs due to the coronavirus.

If the coronavirus pandemic has shown us anything, it’s the benefits of ensuring that your home is safe and comfortable.

We were saddened – but not at all surprised – when The New York Times broke the story about how utility companies cultivated National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) chapters around the country. With big donations, the utilities were able to get NAACP chapters to work against renewable efforts, helping to “stymie Read More >

We are sorry to be the bearer of bad news, especially during the holiday season, but the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – which has been set to step down at the end of 2019 – was not extended by Congress. The five-year extension was removed from the House $1.4 trillion spending package. We are Read More >

We have lots of choices to make when it comes to charitable endeavors. Most of us have contributed to various organizations and causes over the course of our lifetime. What may be less common is for a private citizen to support a trade association. But when it comes to the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association Read More >

The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most successful clean energy policies ever passed and has helped support a robust solar industry in the United States. The ITC currently allows homeowners and businesses to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from their federal taxes. Thanks to the Read More >

As consumers, we are safest when seeking goods and services we are at least somewhat familiar with. It’s relatively easy to do product research and compare prices when you have even a moderate base of knowledge. But when it comes to solar energy, other than the price, a lack of understanding is the most common Read More >

By Bill Johnson, founder and president of Brilliant Harvest Ten years ago, I began my dream job. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics, a Master of Science in Physics, an MBA, and years of experience working in telecom, I knew I wanted to live my professional life on the cutting edge, to Read More >

A movement is afoot to end the energy monopoly in Florida.

In this post, we’re going to debunk renewable energy myths that have plagued solar and wind energy for too long.

By Bill Johnson, President, Brilliant Harvest Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that asserts the 2020s are “ground zero” in the battle to save our planet from widespread devastation. In short, the report says that humanity faces global food shortages, the flooding of coastal cities, climate-related poverty, and Read More >

We’ve all read the horror stories regarding the dangers of using an unlicensed contractor, whether it has to do with poor workmanship or work paid for and never completed (or done at all). As the solar industry has continued to grow, bad actors are operating in our industry now, too. We can’t urge you enough: Read More >

A new attack is building on the solar industry: the extreme reduction or eliminating net metering benefits (the credits earned by solar adopters for energy sent to the grid from solar power) by electric co-ops throughout Florida. Unlike the major utilities, such as FP&L, Duke Energy and the Florida Municipal Power Agency, co-ops do not Read More >

When Florida voters – 74%, or nearly 2 million of them – voted “yes” on Amendment 4 last year, we celebrated joyously. This measure would exempt solar and wind energy devices from being added to a property’s assessed value for property tax purposes for businesses. It would also remove Florida’s “tangible personal property tax,” which Read More >

By Bill Johnson, President, Brilliant Harvest Sarasota Solar Co-Op Initiative By now, you’ve probably heard about the new Sarasota Solar Co-Op initiative. The co-op program is co-sponsored by a coalition including environmental, advocacy and social action groups, and supported by two local foundations. All homeowners in Sarasota are eligible to participate. I’ve been asked by a Read More >

While we may have won a major battle in defeating the anti-solar measure, Amendment 1, in the November election, the battle over solar is far from over in Florida. Our state is third in the nation in solar potential but we rank a woeful fourteenth in installed capacity. Advocates of clean, renewable energy need to Read More >

We wanted to share some important information with you. We ask that you share this with everyone you know – Amendment 1 could mean the end of the solar industry in Florida! Utilities are trying to limit the expansion of solar in Florida in order to preserve their monopoly on electricity sales and limit customer-owned solar. Read More >

We are often asked about the cost of installing solar on someone’s home or business. For someone considering installing a solar power system on their home or business, the upfront cost can feel intimidating. Even with the federal tax credit of 30%, a homeowner might be looking at an investment of $15,000-$20,000 for a 10kW Read More >

By Bill Johnson President, Brilliant Harvest, LLC When it comes to electricity, Florida consumers do not have a choice. The sale of electricity is centrally controlled by the Florida Public Service Commission, with only one state-sanctioned utility company allowed to sell electricity in any given geographic region. Consumer choice is what drives our economy forward Read More >