04 Dec How Has Florida Power & Light Reacted To Solar Energy?
Florida Power & Light (FPL) is one of the largest utility companies in the state of Florida, with millions of customers along Florida’s east coast. With such a dominant hand in the energy industry at large, it’s worth taking a look at how the utility company has responded to the emergence of solar energy.
The response has been multifaceted. FPL has committed to building new solar energy centers around the state by the beginning of next year. The utility has said it wants Floridians to understand the benefits of solar energy and create more opportunities for renewable energy in the U.S.
But is FPL against solar?
The utility’s commitment to increasing solar energy statewide means that this is unlikely. Florida Power & Light recognizes the incredible opportunities that solar energy presents, and they’re encouraging consumers to get on board. Does FPL want solar installers to maintain the same level of freedom they currently have when it comes to installation and maintenance? That’s a bit more tricky.
A Hand in the Cookie Jar?
As The Miami Herald reported in April 2017, the utility also helped create a bill that would make business harder for rooftop solar installers. The bill, which was tabled by the state House of Representatives, would increase the disclosure and paperwork requirements for solar companies. Members of the community responded angrily to the news that FPL helped write portions of the bill. It’s no wonder that a few months later, after Hurricane Irma damaged parts of Florida, FPL went viral after claims that they’d made it illegal to power your home with solar after a storm. (The claim was later proved false.)
The Future of Solar in Florida
Solar energy is only possible with major players like utility companies on board, and FPL has shown a willingness to invest resources in the solar energy boom. Will that be enough for customers to trust FPL fully when it comes to solar? Only time will tell.
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