October 1, 2014

Energy in Florida

Forecast for solar power in Florida: Partly sunny

Mike Boslet | 7/28/2014

In 2009, Bob Reedy was quoted as saying that by 2012 “every home (in Florida) will be built covered with” solar panels. That hasn’t quite happened, but Reedy, director of solar systems research at the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center, is sticking by his prediction, albeit with a later date. The cost of photovoltaic cells has fallen by about two-thirds since 2009 while electric utility rates have gone up every year and will continue to rise. At some point soon, Reedy predicts, the upfront cost of solar no longer will deter investment in it, as has been the case. 

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