Justin Hoysradt, president of FlaSEIA and CEO of solar installation company Vinyasun Solar, said Florida is currently at the point of solar growth that California was at the beginning of the California Solar Initiative — a rebate program to encourage solar growth that started in 2007. A combination of decreasing solar costs, consumer awareness and supportive state policy has led to a solar boom in Florida.
“You can’t drive up any major highway or across any major cross-section of Florida anymore without driving past multi-megawatt fields of utility-owned solar,” Hoysradt said. “People are seeing solar more frequently in a utility-scale environment and they’re beginning to see it a little bit more frequently in their own neighborhoods. That’s just putting solar on the forefront of their minds that it’s something that they may want to consider.” [click for full Solar Power World article]