We take a look at the Solar Power Amendment in Florida. We know for a fact that the legislative branch of the United States is the primary source of rules, regulations, incentives, etc. regarding the manufacturing and usage of solar power. Other than these, the legislature has also paved ways to make solar power accessible to everyone. Based on data, the “sunniness” of a state does not necessarily dictate its success in solar power management. In fact, it is the cloudiest states that mostly excel in passing renewable energy bills. Sunny states on the other hand, which includes Florida of course, are doing unexpectedly poor. To be discussed below is the timeline of significant events regarding solar power in Florida which may include public rules and policies.
Solar Power Amendment for Florida Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act
The State of Florida somehow grants rebates and tax credits under the Florida Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act. They give a tax credit and rebate when a household makes an install of a solar photovoltaic system. While this was successfully, the program came to an end in 2010.
The Creation of the First Solar Plant in Florida
The first solar power plant in Florida, which goes by the name of “FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center,” was constructed back in 2009. It is named after its maker, Florida Power & Light (FPL).
Florida Power & Light Creates Another Groundbreaking Project
It was in the year 2010, when FPL debuted a hybrid of solar and natural gas energy center. This launch was the first of its kind.
The Grant of Individual Solar Rebates
Following the close of the Florida Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act, the Florida Public Service Commission then ordered large utility companies in the state to offer rebates for solar power users. However, now the program has ended. This program is no longer in operation.
The Tax Credit for Solar Power Users
There is tax credit granted to homeowners who have installed PV panel systems in their respective residence. They call the credit The Federal Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. The program was in place until 2015. There was a new extension that went into effect until the end of 2021. The percentage of credits varies per year.