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 [...]

A Hero for Our Times: Meet Clean Energy Girl

You’ve certainly heard of the Man of Steel (Superman), the Caped Crusader (Batman) and the Amazing Amazon (Wonder Woman) – super heroes possessing extraordinary talents and superhuman powers, dedicated to protecting the public and saving the day. While bridges still occasionally do collapse, people in today’s society are more likely to need saving from the ‘invisible’ [...]

Solar Power is the Next Frontier of Freedom, says Navy Veteran Solar Installer

This blog is the first in a series on diversity in the solar energy field in Florida. Check here for future posts. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Steve Rutherford is on a mission. “That’s how I view it,” he says. “It’s a mission to liberate people.” He’s not talking about some overseas front, although he certainly [...]

The Silver Lining to Florida’s Disappointing Energy Efficiency Efforts

I have been putting off writing this blog because I have not found a positive angle to the story of Florida’s energy efficiency goals, and I was still hoping that there might be something we could extrapolate. Alas, the Florida Public Service Commission just released its final order on the Florida utilities’ energy efficiency goals for [...]

The Sunshine State: License Plate Slogan or License to Steal?

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC)  is not even pretending to be objective anymore: they have become a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida Power & Light (FPL) and the other monopoly electric utilities in Florida! Billions of customer dollars are at stake in decisions about what resources the power companies will use, and the PSC holds [...]

Solar energy future bright for Georgia

The solar industry has Georgia on their mind.

The Peach State is now the fastest growing solar market in the country with over 90 megawatts of solar installed in 2013. Recent findings from The Pew Charitable Trusts concluded that from 2009-2012, Georgia attracted $666 million in private clean energy investment.

See How Climate Change Impacts Your State

SACE just released updated, state-specific fact sheets detailing the impacts that climate change is having on six Southeast states. The new fact sheets are available for Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, in PDF format and webpages. Check out the new fact sheets here! Recurring themes throughout all the states include the incidence [...]

New Customizable Coal Ash Reports Highlight the Danger in Our Back Yards

Today, as EPA’s deadline to finalize coal ash rules rapidly approaches, SACE unveiled a new tool to help concerned citizens, activists, policymakers, and reporters better understand the potential hazards of toxic coal ash waste throughout our region on our interactive coal ash website SoutheastCoalAsh.org. The new Create-Your-Own Coal Ash Report feature on our website analyzes detailed data [...]