Florida Residents Unable To Afford Solar Because of Law
Florida has year round sunlight, but the price of solar because of problem regulations is making it a non-viable power source for many of the residents. Here's an excerpt:
I live in the state of Florida. While often the butt of jokes and political nightmares, it is also a state of nearly year-round sunshine. There is rarely a day that the sun isn’t lighting up the beaches or burning into my retinas on the way to work. The best thing about the sun isn’t just that it heats the Earth and watches over Teletubbies, but it is a clean energy source. Now an amendment on the November ballot may threaten the future of solar power in Florida.
The present of solar power in Florida isn’t a cheap or attainable one and that’s where the confusion around Amendment #1 is leaking in like sunlight before your alarm clock goes off in the morning. Solar panels are not cheap to install and own. So the standard structure in many states is for customers to lease the panels through a third-party and sell excess electricity back to the utility grid.
Currently, Florida is one of five states that does not allow this third-party activity. The passing of Amendment #1 would allow solar leasing (through the utility) making solar affordable for many consumers, though does not address third-party leasing. It would also give the current utility companies the right to compensate for their solar losses by adding new fees to solar consumers’ [non-existent] bills. This catch-22 could lead to a quick death for the future of solar power.