The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Vote Solar have joined with Florida Power & Light to refine the company’s SolarTogether program design to include a low-income element and request Florida Public Service Commission approval.
Other supporters of FPL SolarCollectively include Sustainable Florida, Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, 7-Eleven, the counties of Brevard, Broward and Miami-Dade and main cities reminiscent of Sarasota, Coral Springs and West Palm Beach. In addition, greater than 90,000 residential and small enterprise prospects have already signed up to obtain extra info.
“We continue to advance solar energy across Florida, and this program will help more of our customers directly participate in supporting solar than ever before,” mentioned Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Based on the substantial interest and support that we’ve received on this innovative, voluntary and affordable program from such a diverse array of customers, community partners, businesses, local governments and national clean energy advocacy groups, we’re confident that the time is right for this program.”
FPL SolarCollectively wouldn’t solely be the most important community solar program within the United States, but in addition the most important voluntary low-income solar providing within the nation. The deliberate set up of 1,490 MW of recent solar capability at 20 new solar power crops throughout FPL’s service territory would generate an estimated $249 million in web financial savings for all FPL prospects over the long run, primarily from averted gas and different system financial savings.
“We are proud to strongly support the FPL SolarTogether program. This bold program benefits all FPL customers and significantly grows the important solar resource in the state. We were pleased to work with Florida Power & Light and other parties to get the strongest possible outcomes for all customers, including low-income customers, to be able to participate in this innovative SolarTogether program,” Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
“With over 35 MW dedicated to low-income Florida families, FPL’s SolarTogether program now stands to be a true model for the rest of the country,” mentioned Katie Chiles Ottenweller, Southeast Director of Vote Solar. “Solar is a critical tool to help Florida’s low-income families tap into energy savings. This program is an important first step to ensuring all Floridians have access to our state’s growing clean energy economy.”
FPL’s typical electrical invoice continues to be roughly 30% decrease than the nationwide common whereas the corporate is without doubt one of the cleanest within the nation. The FPL SolarCollectively program would considerably broaden entry to solar energy in Florida whereas offering a direct profit to FPL prospects – together with low-income households and different prospects that will not have the monetary means or means to put money into their very own system, permitting them to profit from the financial and environmental attributes of solar energy.
“At this point, the biggest obstacle to moving this voluntary program forward is the Office of Public Counsel, who has forced an extensive delay in the regulatory process,” Silagy mentioned. “It’s disappointing that Public Counsel is holding up a program that is voluntary, benefits all customers and has received such widespread support. Despite OPC opposition, FPL will work hard to gain approval for this program and remain committed to making Florida a world leader in solar generation and providing all our customers with the choice and opportunity to participate.”
FPL SolarCollectively is designed to take away most of the monetary burdens related to non-public solar producing programs whereas additionally offering direct financial savings within the type of invoice credit, making it an reasonably priced possibility for any buyer. Participants might additionally make the most of the program to meet state and federal sustainability objectives. FPL hopes to obtain regulatory approval in time to launch in the course of the first quarter of 2020. More particulars concerning the program can be found at www.FPL.com/solartogether.
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