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Tuesday, 23 June 2009 12:44

Is Florida "FIT" for Solar?

Is Florida "FIT" for Solar?

Like many, you may feel that solar energy remains a distant dream, and that it's:

    • too expensive to afford, or
    • too hard to implement.

Feed In Tariffs (FIT) could change all of that...

FIT could bring the use of solar energy to life for MILLIONS of people in the US.

What is FIT?

FIT (Feed In Tariff) is an incentive structure to encourage the adoption of renewable energy through government legislation.  Basically, the government offers home and business owners payments for electricity they feed into the electric grid.

Germany developed a FIT program in 1999 and because of that they are now the #1 photovoltaic country in the world… with 50% of the world’s photovoltaic market!

The good news?

FIT incentives are now starting to gain momentum in North America.

Gainesville, Florida was the 1st city in U.S. to implement FIT policies.

In their program, the Gainesville utility pays home owners $.32/kWh for energy that is fed into the grid, read about it here.

And everyone is watching to see what can be learned from them.

And Ontario’s new Green Energy Act pays a whopping .80/kWh!  That's amazing!  Learn more by reading this News Release.

The Florida Alliance of Renewable Energy (FARE) is a grassroots organization leading the way in Florida in support of FIT incentives… although, in Florida, FIT is called RED (Renewable Energy Dividends).

Both the State of Florida and the U.S. Congress are debating the benefits of FIT programs.  If you want to learn more or help spread the word, go to the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy.

FIT programs will help solar energy become a dream come true for millions of people in the U.S!