The year 2012 should be a great year for solar energy. The Federal tax credit is still in place until 2016, the FPL rebate program will have another round of funding in the spring, and prices on solar electric systems have never been lower! I suspect that 2012 will be a year where solar photovoltaics will thrive. Module prices are so low that the module now accounts for only 25% of a typical installed system. The precipitous drop in prices has already led to thousands of Florida homeowners making the plunge into solar. For anyone that was on the fence a year ago, there isRead More →

This evening I am doing a presentation on solar energy and the market in Southwest Florida as it relates to the engineering field. I appreciate the opportunity to speak before the Introduction to Engineering class at the Charlotte Campus. Here is a link to my presentation for all interested. Without narration, it might not make perfect sense, but there are some nice pictures! Edison State College Presentation    

Officially there is no longer a property tax exemption for solar energy products installed on Florida properties. It’s a long story, but the bottom line is that a once-in-place exemption disappeared because of some technicalities in the wording up in Tallahassee. Despite the fact that Florida voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot amendment to retain the property tax exemption in 2008, the Florida Legislature failed to enact the law three years in a row, ignoring the Florida voters. There is good news on two fronts. First, Senator Jack Latvala submitted a bill in late August 2011 that would define the renewable energy products exempt from propertyRead More →

At the moment this post goes out, I am beginning the 6-1/2 hour examination (the second of two required tests) that will earn me my solar contractor license. My employer already has two Florida State Certified Solar Contractors on staff. I will be the third. Why am I pursuing a solar contractor license if my company does not need it? Really I am doing it for my personal satisfaction and to add another credentialed name to my employer’s list of stellar employees. We endeavor every day to prove that we are THE BEST solar company in Southwest Florida. We can say that we have theRead More →