Florida-lots of sun, little Solar Electric... Germany, little sun lots of Solar- Why?

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Real Estate Agent with energreen

Florida is the Sunshine State.  Germany is the world leader in Solar Photovoltaic.  Florida has way more sunshine than Germany, and Germany has way,way,way more solar electric installed.  Florida has met with German officials and have learned of-  Feed-In-Tariffs (FIT).

Presently, Gainesville,Fl is considering implementing a FIT  program.  Currently Florida and other states offer rebates, the money runs out and the industry slows down.  This scenario has played out in several states. IF we want to be serious about solar energy there needs to be a better way.  And Germany, and other Europeon countries think that FIT is that better way. The Basics of a FIT- (Simplified) 1.You install a system on your home. 2. You buy power from power company at regular rate-ie $.12kwhr, 3. You sell power from your system back to power company at say $.25 kwhr.  This difference helps pay for the investment in solar, the program gets funded by everyone paying a little more for electricity from the grid-utility.(In Germany it is said that for the monthly cost of a loaf of bread the program is funded).  As Capacity increases, cost goes down, the price power is sold back to utility goes down, and at a projected date, the cost of electricity from a solar system equals the regular price we pay for electricity from the grid (which here is Florida is probably coal powered), and we accelerate our move to solar energy independence. A program like this would make Florida THE SUNSHINE STATE.   

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Alex- thanks for checking in.  Florida PSC just drafted new rules regarding upping our state renewable energy requirements.  Never like politics but our energy is very policy driven.  Will catch up with you on your LEED program congrats.

January 16, 2009 01:47 PM
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Mary- thanks for the Paul Gipe link.  Check it out and saved as a favorite.  Saw Wisconsin just approved a FIT- I beleive paying .0225 per kwhr- I own property up there, but dont remember cost of kwhr, but if electricity cost .12 and can sell back at .225 you have my attention.

also feel free to check out my energy site at energreenusa.com   We just finished design on 2 green homes and will post here this weekend or 1st of next week. 

January 16, 2009 01:54 PM
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Joanne- I agree, actually I am kind of learning that WE are THEY.  So I have been sending emails and making some phone calls via prompting from Votesolar.org and solarnation I believe are poper names.  Maybe a whole bunch of ME's make up a whole bunch of WE's and THEY get influenced by WE  more energy news at energreenusa.com and a couple green homes we are marketing in a few days

January 16, 2009 02:00 PM
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Sabrina Kelley
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ERA The Herman Group

Does Florida not have a buy back program in place currently?

January 16, 2009 04:32 PM
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Thanks for checking in I assume you are referring to a program that the utilities buy the excess electricity produced by the home owner- net metering.  Florida have a rule that requires it but doiesnt apply to all utlities.  The utility in the City of Gainseville is taking the initiative to pursue a Feed-In-Tarrif program The FIT type program  buys it back at a higher rate.  Florida as a state does have a rebate program on solar electric purchased but that money runs out fast ljust as it had in other states with rebate programs.  The program needs tp be sustainable.  Issues related to Florida energy and policy are posted on my site at www.energreenusa.com

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