05
JAN
2016

Why 2016 Will Be Solar’s Year Again

This year may not be as huge for solar as it looked before Congress extended the solar investment tax credit—some projects can now relax into 2017 without losing their subsidy—but 2016 will still be bigger for sunshine than any year the United States has ever seen. And two...
05
JAN
2016

Solar amendment backers say they have 1 million signatures

Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment on solar power now say they have 1 million signatures, further ensuring the question will be on the 2016 ballot. “More than 1 million Florida voters have gone on record in support of our Smart Solar amendment,” Consumers for Smart...
05
JAN
2016

Solar Backers Go To Court In Petition Dispute

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – After acknowledging this month that the initiative might not make the 2016 ballot, backers of a proposed solar-energy constitutional amendment have filed a federal lawsuit against a petition-gathering firm, court documents show. The group “Floridians for Solar...
05
JAN
2016

Floridians for Solar Choice sues PCI Consulting in signature petition battle

Less than a week after acknowledging that a dispute with their signature-gathering vendor would severely imperil their chances of getting on the 2016 ballot, Floridians for Solar Choice (FSC) has sued PCI Consulting in federal court claiming breach of contract. The group — formed...
05
JAN
2016

Solar trash compactors reduce cost for Manatee County

MANATEE — Manatee County government staff will no longer have to drive out to some of the county’s outlying parks to empty the trash only to find out the trash bin is empty thanks to a new solar-powered compactor program. Manatee County has installed Big Belly solar...
05
JAN
2016

Solar tax credit spurs projects

When Congress passed a $1.15 trillion spending bill and companion $629 billion tax bill on Dec. 18, it not only ensured the federal government would stay open through September, it removed uncertainty that was preventing large solar projects from moving forward. Originally set to...
05
JAN
2016

Floridians for Solar Choice may have to postpone solar initiative until 2018

Today, in a press release posted to its website, Floridians for Solar Choice announced that it may have to postpone its effort to get a solar-energy initiative on the ballot for 2016. The problem, according to the organization, is that it may not have enough time to gather the...
05
JAN
2016

Sun setting on solar power campaign amid financial dispute

TALLAHASSEE — Don’t expect to vote on looser rules for solar energy in next November’s election. Amid allegations that it wasn’t paying bills, Floridians for Solar Choice shut down its paid petition-gathering operation in the state several weeks ago. The...
30
NOV
2015

The Grass Roots Pushing Florida Constitutional Amendment Ballot Initiative To Grow Solar Power

What I love about Florida is the torrential downpours of summer afternoons that break through the intensity of the never-ending brilliant sunshine. The ocean is not far from wherever one lives — jutting out into some of the most emerald green-blue waters lit up by nearly constant...
30
NOV
2015

Gulf Power offers new solar program for all customers

Gulf Power’s commitment to provide renewable energy to its customers took another step forward today when employees announced the filing of a new pilot program that will become the first community solar program in Northwest Florida, said a Gulf Power press release. The program...