Sunlit Future Kept in the Shadows; Other Puns About Solar Energy
June 12, 2011 Leave a comment
Solar Energy is too expensive. So, repeat that in your head a few times. Remember that Germany, Switzerland and probably soon Japan will abandon their nuclear power facilities in favor of solar (and other renewable sources).
Currently Progress Energy is sitting on a second-only-to-California batch of solar power projects, but they aren’t being developed because of cost.
Some incentives not to kill yourself if you wished Florida could manipulate the ubiquitous sunlight:
The state did offer a onetime incentive that FPL, the state’s largest utility, snatched up and used to build three solar electric power sites. FPL was allowed to recover the costs by adding 25 cents per 1,000 kilowatt hours of usage to customers’ bills each month.
To encourage consumers to add solar to their own homes, Progress Energy does have a smaller program that provides rebates of $2 per watt of customer-installed solar products such as a solar water-heating system. The utility has a $1 million cap on that rebate program, and it is already all but exhausted.
And just because of those incentives:
FPL is now the largest solar electric power generator in the state and one of the top 10 in the nation, according to the Solar Electric Power Association in Washington, D.C.