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Net metering

Despite obvious benefits to both customers and utilities, in Florida, net metering is under attack – AGAIN!

Over the course of our work, we are frequently asked by clients how they can reduce their energy use at home or the office.

The solar industry continues to innovate at a breakneck speed; these innovations ensure a brilliant future for solar.

Good design and the use of quality materials, with building codes and permitting to confirm the installation meets certain standards, will ensure your solar array will weather the storm.

There are a number of things that you can do to support renewable energy and sustainability.

Solar Tampa Bay Watch

The U.S. solar market surpassed 100 gigawatts of installed electric generating capacity, doubling the size of the industry over the last 3.5 years.

Children First solar energy system

In October of 2019, a cross-sector partnership, Partners for Green Places, launched with the goal of encouraging organizations and businesses to commit to energy efficiency and sustainability.

This spring, state lawmakers will consider legislation that would help to equip Florida schools with solar energy systems.

One way to ensure you have power when utilities are down is to pair your solar energy system with battery storage.

solar energy is changing lives in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 600 million people live without grid electricity.

The tariffs were designed to boost U.S. manufacturing and stop unfair competition from foreign countries but the one thing they’ve succeeded at is to slow the flow of lower-cost product available to U.S. companies.

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.

Sustainable Communities Workshop

Sarasota County’s 15th annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, “Transforming to New Ways Forward,” will bring the community together (safely, virtually) to discuss sustainability priorities.

net metering florida

We are happy to report that Florida’s Public Service Commission does not, at this time, appear to have the intention of weakening NEM.

Residential energy use

A new study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “The Carbon Footprint of Household Energy Use in the United States,” took a much-needed, comprehensive look at the greenhouse (GHG) emissions related to residential energy use. Looking at data from 93 million households, the authors of the study determined that residential Read More >

Tesla Solar Roof

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.

net metering

With the added – often significant – energy demands resulting from people staying home due to the coronavirus and warmer than average temperatures, those who utilize solar power may be asking at year’s end, “Where did my net metering credits go?”

Ensuring Home is Safe and Comfortable

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

Solar Energy COVID-19 crisis

We know you’re getting a flood of emails talking about the policies and plans of various organizations and businesses as everyone tries to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

If you are considering solar for your new commercial building or home construction, we urge you to engage your solar contractor early for the design and engineering process.

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 >

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