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1.12.2009

SOLAR IN TIGHT BUDGET TIMES CAN HAPPEN IF THERE'S A COMMITMENT

Florida’s budget means that $1 million in state support (of a total $8.5 M state match) was erased from the $17 million solar field array being built at Florida Gulf Coast University. But university officials said they planned to raise the amount cut by the state by raising additional private contributions.

While City of Tallahassee residents and elected officials fret over the biomass incinerator as a way to generate 5% of the City's base load needs, the City of Gainesville and its regional utilities have proposed an incentive for investing in solar photovoltaic systems. The proposal is to pay residences or businesses 32 cents per kilowat hour for electricity generated with PV panels. This is more than twice than what Floridians pay for electricity. This proposal is modeled after a successful program in Germany that has been adopted in a number of other nations. As noted in this October Green post, the Gainesville City Commission unanimously approved the plan and is expected to give final approval early this year.

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