FPL to build more solar plants, one new gas plant

More solar power plants are on the way, and an older power plant in Dania Beach will be replaced with a new natural gas-fired facility, Florida Power & Light officials said Monday.

In addition to the approximately 600 megawatts of solar power Juno Beach-based FPL is building at eight sites around the state, the company said it wants to add another 1,500 megawatts beginning in 2019 through 2023. It already operates more than 335 megawatts of solar generating capacity.

Read more: http://protectingyourpocket.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/04/03/fpl-to-build-more-solar-plants-two-more-gas-plants/

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Wind, solar produce 10 percent of US electricity for first time

Wind and solar produced 10 percent of the electricity generated in the United States for the first time in March, federal energy officials said Wednesday. 

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) monthly power report for March found that wind produced 8 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. that month, with solar producing 2 percent.

Read more…   http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/337831-wind-solar-produce-10-percent-of-us-electricity-for-first-time

 

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Global Solar Water Heater Market 2015 Industry Analysis & Forecast …

Zion Market Research, the market research group announced the analysis report titled ‘Solar Water Heater Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecasts 2015–2021

The conversion of sunlight into a renewable energy for the purpose of heating the water using a solar thermal collector is called as solar water heating (SWH). The systems used in the solar water heating process comprise different technologies that are used worldwide. SWH systems are designed in order to deliver hot water for most of the year. In order to heat water using solar energy, a collector is generally fixed to a roof or a wall facing the sun. This collector heats a working fluid which is either pumped or driven by natural convection.

Read more… http://www.ndmcolumns.com/global-solar-water-heater-market-2015-industry-analysis-forecast-2021/

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Only a fraction of Floridians own a solar power system

The number of Floridians who own renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, that are interconnected to electric utilities and generate power stood at 15,994 at the end of last year. That’s a minuscule fraction of the state’s 20 million residents.

Read more here: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/only-fraction-floridians-own-solar-power-system/0ay7q8JNBn5XYIF87iA0pO/

 

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Florida legislature unanimously passes solar tax break

In a 33-0 vote, the Florida legislature has passed SB 90 – the bill that would implement Amendment 4 and make solar and renewable energy equipment on commercial buildings exempt from property taxes for 20 years, beginning in 2018.

Read more here: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/florida-legislature-unanimously-passes-solar-tax-break

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FPL drafted portions of bill that puts tough requirements on rooftop solar companies

TALLAHASSEE
By Mary Ellen Klas, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Florida’s largest utility was so intent on influencing the implementation of a constitutional amendment expanding solar installation in Florida, it drafted legislation designed to create new requirements for homeowners and businesses that install rooftop solar and sent it to the legislator who was authoring the language.

CS/CS/CS/HB 1351 – Renewable Energy Source Devices
http://www.flhouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=59444

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article142904899.html#storylink=cpy

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Pro Solar Amendment 4 Signed Into Law by Governor Scott

Tallahassee, Fla. (June 16, 2017) – Today Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law implementing legislation for the pro-solar Amendment 4, which was unanimously placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature in 2016, passed overwhelmingly by 73% of the vote on the August 2016 primary ballot and now unanimously approved in the recently concluded session. The bill removes burdensome taxes on solar installations by exempting 80% of their value from the tangible personal property tax. It also exempts 80% of the value of a solar installation from the assessment of real property taxes for commercial properties.

Read more here: http://www.flsolarchoice.org/pro-solar-amendment-4-signed-into-law-by-governor-scott/

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Consumers Energy launches solar energy pilot program

JACKSON, MI — Consumers Energy has partnered with Silicon Valley-based solar provider SunPower Corporation to offer its customers a streamlined program to power their homes with solar energy. 

The Jackson-based company announced the start of its Solar Distributed Generation Pilot program on Friday, May 26. The program provides customers the opportunity to install rooftop solar panels provided by SunPower.

Read more here:  http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/05/consumers_energy_launches_sola.html

 

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Bucharest could use solar panels to heat running water – Romania

The Bucharest City Hall is considering placing solar panels on the capital’s blocks of flats and other buildings to heat running water, Profit.ro reported. The project is part of the city’s thermal energy strategy, which will be discussed in the Bucharest General Council (CGMB) this Friday, June 30.

Read more… https://www.romania-insider.com/bucharest-solar-panels-heat-running-water/

 

 

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Florida retirement community adds solar to community center and spa

From solarpowerworldonline.com

Bradenton’s Mirabella, the national award winning and the region’s only LEED Platinum residential housing community for active adults 55+ has announced the planned installation of solar power to its community center, spa and swimming pool. With the installation, homeowners will save an estimated $1,500 a month collectively.

Read more here: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/06/mirabella-solar-upgrade/

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