Florida’s solar policies have lagged behind other states: it has no renewable portfolio standard and does not allow power purchase agreements, two policies that have driven investments in solar in other states. However, thanks to some recent developments, significant growth is on the horizon - the state ranks 2nd for projected capacity installed over the next 5 years, with nearly 5.5 GW expected to come online.
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SEIA Florida State Solar Policy Priorities
SEIA will work to advance competition in the Investor-owned Utilities solar-only Base Rate Adjustment filing to ensure pro-solar outcomes.
SEIA participated as an expert witness in the Tampa Electric Company permit hearing for its Big Bend Modernization natural gas project by submitting testimony on the benefits of the company pursuing solar and solar + storage to delay or replace the need for more natural gas.
For more information on SEIA's work in Florida, please contact Maggie Clark.
Notable Solar Installations in Florida
- Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center was completed in 2010. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 75 MW of electricity -- enough to power over 8,216 Florida homes.5
- Several large retailers in Florida have gone solar including 6th Street, Ace Hardware Bronson and AMJ, Inc. General Growth Properties has installed one of the largest such installations with 1 MW of solar capacity at their location in Altamonte Springs.6
- At 1 MW, TIA Solar in Tampa is among the largest solar installations in Florida. Completed in 2016, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 175 homes.7
Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.
Solar Companies in Florida
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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