Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Sunshine State Falls to 18th in Solar Installations in the US

If cloudy Germany can lead Europe in solar, why
can't the sunshine state lead the U.S.?
Click for photo credit.
Check out this article from the Tampa Bay Times noting that Florida fell to 18th in solar energy installations the U.S. behind less sunny places like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Missouri.  According to the article, the reason for the fall is a lack of political leadership in the state on solar.  Indeed, I can attest that there is a lack of strong political leadership in Florida on any type of green energy initiative.

When I was in Florida, many made the argument that solar didn't work well in Florida due to the high number of tropical clouds.  Sure, clouds are a challenge for any location--just look at New Jersey which is ranked 6th for installations.  Florida has its challenges with intermittent cloud cover during the summer.  But it is also a red herring.  There are plenty of opportunities for solar energy production even with the challenges of Florida's tropical climate.

This solar installation is in the anti-sunshine state of New
Jersey.  This is a site you will not see all that often in Florida.
New Jersey is ranked 6th in the U.S. in solar installations.
Florida ranks 18th.  Click for photo credit.
As I've noted before on this blog, cloudy dreary  Germany produces on average just over 5% of its electricity from solar energy.  On sunny days, it produces 30-40% of the nation's electricity.  Germany is able to do this because it has a thoughtful energy plan that weens them off of nuclear energy and dirty energy like coal.

Let's be real about this.  Florida isn't serious about solar because there isn't any political leadership on the issue.  It is falling behind the national curve on emerging green energy technologies.  I think anyone who knows Florida politics understand$ the reason why.  Floridians deserve better.

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