Solar Power Is About to Boom in the Sunshine State: Florida

Solar is about to boom in the Sunshine State as the price of photovoltaic cells and related installation costs drop to all-time lows.

Although Florida’s two biggest utilities, Florida Power & Light Co. and Duke Energy Corp., still favor natural-gas-driven electricity over solar and its current governor remains a skeptic about climate change, the state’s drive toward renewable energy is likely to break existing records annually for the next five years.

Initially, that will not require much heavy lifting for state regulators because, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Florida has lagged far behind other states in welcoming solar-powered electricity.


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