Florida, “the sunshine state,” ranks third in the nation for solar potential, but all the way down at 13th for cumulative solar capacity installed. Florida’s solar policies lag behind many other states in the nation: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states.
Facts on the Florida Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 362 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Florida, employing 4,000 people.
- In 2013, Florida installed 26 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 18th nationally.
- The 229 MW of solar energy currently installed in Florida ranks the state 13th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 26,400 homes.
- In 2013, $81 million was invested in Florida to install solar for home, business and utility use.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Florida have fallen by 4% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily — by 8% from last year and 34% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in Florida
- Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center was completed in 2010 by developer Florida Power and Light Co. This concentrating solar power project has the capacity to generate 75 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 11,000 Florida homes.
- At 25 MW, DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Arcadia is among the largest solar installations in Florida. Completed in 2009 by SunPower, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 2,500 homes.
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Solar Companies in Florida
- There are currently more than 362 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Florida. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 52 manufacturers, 22 manufacturing facilities, 195 contractor/installers, 22 project developers, 33 distributors and 60 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
Florida State Solar Policy Resources
Florida Public Service Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Florida public utilities
Florida State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Florida
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
Florida Energy Consortium - Assists the state in the development and implementation of an environmentally compatible, sustainable, and efficient energy strategic plan
DSIRE Incentives Database Florida - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Florida and across the United States.
U.S. Energy Information Administration- Florida State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government