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Friday, 23 May 2014 08:45

FPL a leader in solar energy?

Written by  George Cavros

FPL a leader on solar energy?, by George Cavros, May 22, 2014

In a recent blog post (see below), I questioned FPL’s leadership on solar power and the scale and design of a recently announced voluntary “community-based” solar program. In a response letter, the Company took offense to the blog – calling it misleading. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Company’s responses to the blog and come clean on the facts….

Closer to home, FPL is a regulated Florida investor-owned utility and one of the largest in the country – with about 24,000 MW of generating capacity.  The company’s renewable energy portfolio is comprised of no wind, some biopower contracts with primarily waste to energy facilities and 110 MW of utility-owned solar power. The Company generates less than 1/10 of 1 % of its power from solar energy. ...


FPL's solar plan: It's a joke, but it's not funny, by George Cavros, April 18, 2014

...FPL is the biggest power company in Florida, and one of the biggest in the nation, with about 4.7 million customers – serving over half of all Florida’s customers. The company made a $1.3 billion profit last year. Given the company’s size and influence, how it views solar power matters. The company recently announced a “new” solar energy program to construct up to 2.4 megawatts (MW) of solar PV over the next 3 years. If that doesn’t sound impressive, it’s because it’s not. As an FPL customer, it’s downright disappointing. Wait it gets better. The solar program would be funded by voluntary customer contributions of $9 per month. If this program sounds familiar, it should – but we’ll get to that in a moment. Meanwhile, the company filed a petition asking the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to discontinue its popular solar rebate program that has helped residential and commercial customers install solar on rooftops since 2011. The company paints solar power as not cost-effective and providing limited value to its system.

Peer utilities in other states have taken a different view on solar power. ...

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