Powering Through Key West Hurricanes at Ruben Valdez’s Solar Home

This guest blog is the fifth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida and was written for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy by Alissa Jean Schafer, Marketing and Media Director with the US Solar Institute. What do the post office, organic seaweed, hurricanes, and solar energy have to do with each [...]

Gulf Power = Green Power? Utility leaps forward

Updated at 4:40pm ET, on February 16 to reflect correct solar capacity planned for military bases in Georgia Power’s service territory. Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company and one of the smallest investor-owned electric utilities in Florida, just took not one, not two, but THREE steps forward on clean energy in as many weeks. First, [...]

Sun Rising in Florida? Utility-Scale Solar Projects in Context

SACE Staffers Charlie Coggeshall and George Cavros contributed to this blogpost. It’s been a good run for solar power in Florida in the past few weeks. First, Gulf Power Company announced plans for 120 megawatt (MW) of solar power purchase agreements on 3 military bases; shortly thereafter Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced that it [...]

Black History Month Energy Champions: Steve Rutherford Explains Why Solar Power is the Next Frontier of Freedom

In honor of Black History Month – SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting the efforts of African American leaders working to ensure that clean energy opportunities are available for all people and communities in the Southeast. This post is the first in the series; find following posts here. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Steve Rutherford is [...]

Yes, America wants solar and wind, not nukes

This guest blog was originally published by Michael Mariotte, president of the Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS) in GreenWorld on January 16, 2015. Find the direct post here. The post references the recent, exciting news about a solar ballot initiative in Florida recently announced by the coalition Floridians for Solar Choice, of which the Southern [...]

Solar as an Energy Equity Solution

This guest blog was written by John Farrell who directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at ILSR  and was published here on RenewableEnergyWorld.com on January 21, 2014.   For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much) [...]

FL Senate Measure Seeks to Eliminate Onerous Taxes on the Sun

Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes just took a big step toward removing a major roadblock to more solar development in the Sunshine State.  He filed a measure that would end burdensome taxes on solar power. The resolution to amend the state constitution would exempt renewable energy devices from the state’s tangible personal property tax. The [...]

For Florida homeowner, “biggest barrier to solar is who controls your utilities”

This blog is fourth in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Homeowner Michelle A. Vigil has covered her downtown Tampa house and her carport with solar panels (with the help of installer Steve Rutherford, who we met earlier in the series). Why? “It’s good for the environment and it’s great [...]

Solar works for me because we just had twins: Sgt. Dawan Woods

This blog is third in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida.  I managed to catch Technical Sergeant Dawan Woods in a brief relaxed moment between his job at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and his other job parenting newborn twins. He was willing to take a moment to talk solar [...]

These Solar Panels Are My Retirement Plan

This blog is second in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida.  I met Larry Sinatra, a county government employee, at his suburban Tampa home. He was excited to hop onto the roof to show me his brand-new investment: a 9kW solar photovoltaic system he purchased with $20,000 from his savings, [...]