Public Policies Hinder Growth Of Solar In Florida

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Florida is third in the U.S. for rooftop solar potential but 12th in installed capacity

April 07, 2017

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Its nickname may be “the Sunshine State,” but Florida is not harnessing the power of the sun to generate electricity as much as some less sunny states like New York. The state is third in the U.S. for rooftop solar potential, but ranks just 12th in installed capacity. New York’s state policies have reportedly boosted installed solar capacity by 800%, while Florida has not made it easy for homeowners to embrace solar.

In many states, a solar company can lend panels to a homeowner and then sell the power generated directly to the owner, but that isn’t permissible in Florida. What’s more homeowners cannot sell generated solar power to anyone else, such as a neighbor or tenants.

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