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How Solar Scored a 'Game-Changing' Victory in Florida. Solar energy has a complex history in the Sunshine State, which made a regulatory win for residential installer Sunrun last week feel like a victory for all Floridian solar advocates. The Florida Public Service Commission voted unanimously last Friday to allow Sunrun to sell its home solar lease product in the state. Up until the petition was granted, households in Florida were unable to lease solar systems due to restrictions on electricity sales from third-party providers. "Making it clear that our Florida-specific lease is legal under the law means that now Floridians, for the first time, have a true solar choice," said Tyson Grinstead, director of public policy at Sunrun. The fact that installers now have a road map for deploying residential solar projects in the Southern state "is big news," he said. With the Florida PSC's positive ruling, Sunrun plans to start taking orders in select markets in the coming months.

Three battles in the "war for open energy competition" Solar Power State Facilities / Sustainable Buildings and Energy Initiatives / Real Estate Development and Management / Business Operations / Florida Department of Management Services - DMS. Sustainable Buildings and Energy Initiatives / Real Estate Development and Management / Business Operations / Florida Department of Management Services - DMS. The DMS Road to Sustainable Buildings In 2008, the Florida Legislature passed the Florida Energy Conservation and Sustainable Buildings Act, directing state agencies to incorporate sustainable building practices into the design, construction, and renovation of state buildings.

Through this act, the Department of Management Services (DMS) developed the Florida Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Program (Chapter 60D-4, Florida Administrative Code), which pertains to the evaluation of life-cycle energy performance for alternative building designs. Additionally, DMS developed the State Energy Management Plan (SEMP), which is a comprehensive plan to help state agencies reduce energy consumption and costs. You can view each of these by clicking on the links below. Chapter 60D-4, Florida Administrative CodeFlorida Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Program (under “Required Forms for 60D-4 Rules”)State Energy Management Plan (SEMP) Sustainable Building Philosophy Sustainability and Cost-Effectiveness.

How to Use this Contract / Energy Savings / State Term Contracts / State Contracts and Agreements / Vendor Information / State Purchasing / Business Operations / Florida Department of Management Services - DMS. The primary purpose of this contract is to enable contractors to perform work for eligible users of state term contracts, under the Guaranteed Energy Performance Savings Contract Act, codified at Section 489.145, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and under section 235.215, F.S.. Pursuant to Section 489.145(6), F.S., the Office of the Comptroller has developed model agreements and related forms that affected agencies shall use, and others may use, to effect a purchase under this contract.

Electronic copies of the model agreements and a list of ESCOs (energy savings contractors) are available under this contract on the DMS contract and agreement website. Prior to entering into any agreement to effect a purchase under this contract, including any financing agreement, state agencies shall submit the proposed agreement to the Office of the Comptroller for review and approval. Effective January 7, 2003, the State Chief Financial Officer has assumed the Comptroller's duties. Frequently Asked Questions / Energy Savings / State Term Contracts / State Contracts and Agreements / Vendor Information / State Purchasing / Business Operations / Florida Department of Management Services - DMS.

Energy Savings / State Term Contracts / State Contracts and Agreements / Vendor Information / State Purchasing / Business Operations / Florida Department of Management Services - DMS. Support and expand PACE to protect Florida families | Opinion. Florida is once again facing a challenge: We must rebuild from Hurricane Irma while also strengthening our communities to prepare for the next storm. When I served as majority leader in the Florida House of Representatives, we understood the importance of creating common sense solutions to challenges like this and I’m confident our current leaders are prepared do the same. There will continue to be endless conversation and political debate about how to deal with hurricanes and severe storms. But one thing is certain: Florida leaders must empower our residents by providing options to affordably rebuild and strengthen their homes and businesses.

Policymakers can do this by continuing to protect consumer choice and expanding access to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. PACE is voluntary, privately-funded financing that serves the public without spending any taxpayer dollars. PACE places control locally, and ultimately in the hands of each property owner. Akerman - Biography - Richard Pinsky. Richard Pinsky has over 30 years of government affairs experience in Florida and Washington, D.C. He has an extensive background representing clients before the legislature as well as local government from helping to navigate the budget and appropriation process to issue advocacy. Helping clients understand the complexities of public policy decision-making, has become a hallmark of Richard's expertise. He is sought after for his strategic planning and comprehensive approach in presenting and introducing his client's needs to lawmakers and governmental bodies.

As a result, he has earned an excellent reputation of achieving success on behalf of the many organizations, local governments and corporations he represents as they reach their respective public policy goals. Richard serves his clients from Akerman's West Palm Beach and Tallahassee offices. Solar Law Update. CUSTOMER-OWNED RENEWABLE GENERATION (Net Metering) - 25-6.065 Interconnection and Net Metering of Customer-Owned Renewable Generation. (1) Application and Scope.

The purpose of this rule is to promote the development of small customer-owned renewable generation, particularly solar and wind energy systems; diversify the types of fuel used to generate electricity in Florida; lessen Florida’s dependence on fossil fuels for the production of electricity; minimize the volatility of fuel costs; encourage investment in the state; improve environmental conditions; and, at the same time, minimize costs of power supply to investor-owned utilities and their customers.

This rule applies to all investor-owned utilities, except as otherwise stated in subsection (10). (2) Definitions. (a) “Customer-owned renewable generation” means an electric generating system located on a customer’s premises that is primarily intended to offset part or all of the customer’s electricity requirements with renewable energy. . (3) Standard Interconnection Agreements. Sunshine Solar Services. Florida Solar Panel Company - Florida Solar Installers.

Solar Panel Mounting Systems | Solar Panel Installation | Solar Energy. Solar For Schools Florida - Commercial Solar Contractor | Advanced Green Technologies. Commercial Solar Energy Contractor Florida | Advanced Green Technologies. Florida Solar Panel Company - Florida Solar Installers. Florian Commercial Division. PNC Bank is opening its first branch that can produce more energy than it uses, and you can see the difference as soon as you park under a canopy made from solar panels. PNC bank choose Florian since we are the only solar canopy company with an internal wire management system (no exposed wires), internal gutters to weep out water & moisture, Lego style easy snap together design (no screws used to hold the panels in), a baked on enamel coating, weather tight design, and numerous other features not offered by our competitors. Looks and functionality are important that’s what PNC bank needed, not a steel I-beam with panels bolted on top that does not keep out the elements as used in most carport applications.

Walk into the new Fort Lauderdale branch at Davie Boulevard and Andrews Avenue and the building is full of natural light. A computer screen on the wall can quickly tell you how much electricity the branch's 211- solar panels are making and how much the building is using. $324 Million In Economic Stimuli Across Florida Thanks To YgreneWorks PACE. Clean Power Published on January 9th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan January 9th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan It’s nice to relay good news from Florida, especially after clean energy in Florida has been under so many attacks. In a Ygrene Energy Fund press release, the company announced that its YgreneWorks™ PACE (property assessed clean energy) program has created 1,945 jobs in Florida.

Those clean jobs generated $324 million in economic stimuli across Florida since 2013. Ygrene expects these results to increase several times over. Part of a connected, flourishing job-growth industry throughout our country, Ygrene news is potent hope for Florida supporting a growing network of trained and certified local contractors — 536+ small business partners. “Ygrene has funded 5,485 PACE projects in the state totaling $129M, meeting demand for greater climate protection echoed from the statehouse in Tallahassee to city hall in Miami,” YGrene adds. Ygrene’s Florida Climate Risk Infographic Related Stories: Calculating Cost Effectiveness | My Florida Home Energy. Credit: Portions of this resource are excerpted and adapted from Miller, C., Sullivan, J., and Ahrentzen, S. (2012). Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida. ISBN 978-0-9852487-0-3.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 7TH Edition. An energy efficient building contractor, homebuyer, and/or homeowner seeks to minimize the lifetime costs of a home rather than the first costs. Making such calculations can be time-consuming and confusing. One of the best ways to determine the cost effectiveness of a home energy efficiency investment is to calculate the Net Annual Savings. This calculation compares the annual energy savings to the home improvement costs (e.g., cash, credit, loan) to generate a ratio of cost effectiveness. Suppose you are wondering if it is worthwhile for a home to have high efficiency, low-e windows, which use special coatings to reduce heat loss and gain.

Additional Window Cost = $500First Year Energy Savings = $75 Authors: Craig Millera, James G. B M.E. Solar Panel Hurricane Countdown – 4 Ways Big Storms Affect Your Panels. 4 Ways a Big Storm Can Impact Your Solar Panels (And… The surprising truth many existing solar consumers don’t know about power outages and solar panels, and how you can watch TV while your neighbors sit in the dark) Hurricane Matthew recently barreled through the Southeastern United States as well as several nations in the Caribbean. It knocked out power, caused floods, and leveled buildings. With more homeowners and businesses installing solar panels than ever before, more people are asking how well their panels will withstand hurricane-force winds, and what happens if the power grid goes out in a big storm.

Here’s a countdown, in decreasing order of severity, of the four ways a storm can impact your solar panels. Each one is followed by action steps you can take to plan ahead before the next big hurricane hits your area. 4) Nothing Is For Sure – Extreme Damage If a tornado rips through town, or a hurricane blows the roof off your house, obviously your solar panels won’t still be there. $324 Million In Economic Stimuli Across Florida Thanks To YgreneWorks PACE. Solar Energy Systems, Solar Panels for Homes | Vinyasun. Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine. (1) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or other provision of general or special law, the adoption of an ordinance by a governing body, as those terms are defined in this chapter, which prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources is expressly prohibited. (2) A deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or similar binding agreement may not prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by the deed restriction, covenant, declaration, or binding agreement.

. (3) In any litigation arising under the provisions of this section, the prevailing party shall be entitled to costs and reasonable attorney’s fees. Florida Model HOA Solar Guidelines 1. Solar Ready Florida | Home Page. Calculating Cost Effectiveness | My Florida Home Energy. Credit: Portions of this resource are excerpted and adapted from Miller, C., Sullivan, J., and Ahrentzen, S. (2012). Energy Efficient Building Construction in Florida. ISBN 978-0-9852487-0-3. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 7TH Edition. An energy efficient building contractor, homebuyer, and/or homeowner seeks to minimize the lifetime costs of a home rather than the first costs. Making such calculations can be time-consuming and confusing. Suppose you are wondering if it is worthwhile for a home to have high efficiency, low-e windows, which use special coatings to reduce heat loss and gain.

Additional Window Cost = $500First Year Energy Savings = $75 Assuming annual energy savings remain stable (which is not always the case), the homebuyer can calculate that the simple payback period on the above investment is just under 7 years by dividing the total additional costs by the first year energy savings ($500 / $75 per year = 6.67 years). Authors: Craig Millera, James G. B M.E. FESC. Solar Electricity Basics. Cool Roofing | My Florida Home Energy. Your roof is an investment. It is also your first line of defense in protecting your home and its valuable contents against the elements. This document will cover the roof as a system, how roofs can act as moisture barriers, choosing roofing materials, energy efficiency and cool roofs, and how to choose a roofing contractor. It is important to recognize that roofing is more than shingles, tile, or metal.

A roof system consists of several components, properly assembled to provide the appropriate shelter for a structure. These include structural elements, moisture barriers, and possibly insulation and ventilation. The primary design for a roof system should address the climate and weather conditions in your area. A home’s structural roof elements, including trusses or rafters, bracing, and sheathing, protect it from damage caused by wind or falling debris. Moisture may damage the roof system if not properly considered when designing and installing the roof. Investment Conditions U.S. U.S. Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. Will homeowners insurance cover my solar panels?

Most covered property losses due to hurricanes are wind related – rather than due to flooding – and many Florida residents might be wondering if damage to extraneous structures or solar panels is covered by their homeowners insurance. Concerns about solar panels feel scant considering the disaster as a whole. Matthew was the costliest hurricane to hit the Atlantic since Sandy, killing at least 522 people and resulting in more than half a million insurance claims across the Caribbean and the southeast U.S. But the solar energy industry is growing in Florida, even as legislative opinions flare on its regulation. The “Sunshine State” ranks 15th in installed solar capacity but third in rooftop solar panel potential in the county, according to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

It currently has enough solar energy installed to power 36,000 homes. Whether someone’s homeowners insurance policy will cover damage to their solar paneling or energy system is a common concern. Find A Solar Energy Expert - GUARANTEED ENERGY PERFORMANCE SAVINGS CONTRACTING - GUARANTEED ENERGY PERFORMANCE SAVINGS CONTRACTING (Section 489.145, Florida Statute) 489.145 Guaranteed energy performance savings contracting.– (1) SHORT TITLE. (2) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. (3) DEFINITIONS. (a) “Agency” means the state, a municipality, or a political subdivision. (b) “Energy conservation measure” means a training program, facility alteration, or equipment purchase to be used in new construction, including an addition to an existing facility, which reduces energy or operating costs and includes, but is not limited to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

(c) “Energy cost savings” means a measured reduction in the cost of fuel, energy consumption, and stipulated operation and maintenance created from the implementation of one or more energy conservation measures when compared with an established baseline for the previous cost of fuel, energy consumption, and stipulated operation and maintenance. 1. 2. 3. . (6) PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION AND CONTRACT REVIEW. Solar Laws - Do Solar Panels Meet Miami-Dade Hurricane Wind Requirements? Financing beyond FICO: Using asset-backed loans, PACE to get solar deals done at LEED Points - Green Building Blog.

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