Solar energy has a complex history in the Sunshine State, which made a regulatory win for residential installer Sunrun last week feel like a victory for all Floridiansolaradvocates.
The Florida Public Service Commission voted unanimously last Friday to allow Sunrun to sell its home solar lease product in the state. Up until the petition was granted, households in Florida were unable to lease solar systems due to restrictions on electricity sales from third-party providers.
“Making it clear that our Florida-specific lease is legal under the law means that now Floridians, for the first time, have a true solar choice,” said Tyson Grinstead, director of public policy at Sunrun.
The fact that installers now have a road map for deploying residential solar projects in the Southern state “is big news,” he said.
Third-party-owned solar agreements, such as leases and power-purchase agreements, enable homes and businesses to go solar with little or no money down, which has been a major driver of solar growth across the nation. Shortly after South Carolina authorized third-party ownership in 2014, the state’s virtually nonexistent residential solar market started to boom. [click for full article]