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New FARE video is released!

Thanks to Jane Maxwell and many FARE supporters across the state, we now have a 15 minute, easy to understand video which explains the importance of a Feed in Tariff/ Renewable Energy Dividend policy for Florida as well as how the policy actually works and more!

Please take a moment to watch this video and share it with friends.

Click here to watch the video

The Silver Lining to No RPS

May 12, 2009
Updated May 24, 2009

The Florida Legislature ended its 2009 Legislative Session on Friday, May 8.  Even though the Florida Legislature failed to adopt a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), the Florida solar industry received welcome news when our state lawmakers took advantage of federal stimulus dollars to provide much needed funding for the solar rebate program as well as other energy programs that will benefit the solar industry. 

Florida’s budget for the 2009–2010 FY was approved by the Florida Legislature on Friday, May 8, 2009. The budget will be sent to the Governor for final action. The Governor has line item veto authority on budget items. All funding provided for in the budget for renewable energy comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Absolutely no general revenue dollars were allocated.

There are two sources of money.  Click here to read more.

Florida Energy Solutions – Wednesday, April 15

Florida Energy Solutions – Prospects, Practicalities & Politics
Sponsored by the Energy and Political Committees of the Suncoast Group of Sierra Club

FORUM 2
How We Can Help Bring GREEN JOBS to Tampa Bay
How To Help Pass GREEN LEGISLATION

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Wednesday, April 15  6 – 9 PM at the Uniquely Original Art Gallery MIDTOWN
1655 16th St South St. Petersburg, FL 33705

SCHEDULED SPEAKERS:

  • Honorable Karl Nurse, City of St. Petersburg Councilman
  • Wayne Wallace, Owner, AAASolar Source, Largo, FL
  • Louis Muhammad, Tampa Bay Community Leader
  • Rodney Bennett, St. Petersburg Community Organizer & Licensed Roofer

Orange County Convention Center Launches Solar Project

The Orange County Convention Center, in partnership with OUC—The Reliable One, was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the state of Florida to be used, along with other funding sources, to install a one-megawatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system.  The largest PV system of its kind in the southeastern United States, the solar panel project will be complete and celebrated on May 20, 2009, during the general session of the Green Cities Florida 2009 conference at the Center.  Click here for full story.

Governer Charlie Crist & Clean Energy

“Clean” is the adjective of the moment, as in “clean air” and “clean energy.” Legislators in Tallahassee have a chance to go clean and green. Will they do it?

St. Petersburg Times – St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: ASJYLYN LODER
Date: Mar 1, 2009

In July 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist became an unlikely environmental hero when he defied the conservative wing of his party and became the first Southeastern governor to forge a plan to combat climate change. – Crist announced plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions and boost renewable energy. To make the plan a reality, he needed help from state regulators and lawmakers, who faced entrenched opposition from the state’s business and industry leaders. Since the summit, a new energy policy has been hammered out behind the scenes. – This year, key pieces of that policy head to the Legislature. If approved, they will revolutionize Florida’s energy industry. Intensive lobbying by both sides has already begun. – Overshadowing state efforts, newly minted President Obama has promised swift federal action on energy issues. Ultimately, what the Legislature decides this year may only be a prelude to a new national policy. What Florida decides this year could provide leverage and guidance to federal lawmakers looking for support from the South.

Solar Carports: A New Trend in Boat/RV-Storage Construction

Storage carports are easy to construct and require little to no maintenance. Now self-storage owners can take this simple structure to a new level by integrating solar cells into the construction of new carport covers. The addition of solar power to a self-storage property will reduce energy costs and could lead to tax rebates. “It’s clean, free energy,” says Ron Phillips, director of training and sales for AAASolar Source in Largo, Fla. “It’s a tremendous resource that we don’t use enough of.”…

Links

Useful Websites for Solar & Renewable Energy information:

Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy
The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) is the state’s largest renewable energy trade association, with hundreds of businesses and thousands of supporters across Florida and the United States sharing the common cause of advocating for legislative policy that would create a long term, distributed marketplace for renewable energy in Florida. Primarily FARE advocates for small and mid-scale renewable energy projects that are built by independent project developers. The 2012 Legislative Session was FARE’s 5th year, marking a half decade of bringing the critical issue of local job creation and local economic growth through renewable energy to the front and center stage of legislative priorities for Florida. FARE represents roofers, electricians, installers, manufacturers, cities, counties, local elected officials, and individuals all across the state. Help create a level playing field in Florida’s solar industry and join FARE today!
Alliance for Renewable Energy
With a focus on North America, the ARE is an alliance of policymakers, renewable energy experts, citizens, research institutions, and large and small businesses that came together in the Spring of 2008 to rapidly increase the shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
ASES strives to accelerate the development and use of solar and other renewable energy resources through advocacy, education, research and collaboration among professionals, policy-makers and the public.
Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA)
Learn about planning, construction and maintenance of your pool. Find a Pool Pro in your area to assist with questions or service needs you might have.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The NREL Photovoltaic (PV) research is focused on decreasing the nation’s reliance on fossil-fuel generated electricity by lowering the cost of delivered electricity and improving the efficiency of PV modules and systems.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers.
The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
REPP’s goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energy by providing credible information, insightful policy analysis, and innovative strategies amid changing energy markets and mounting environmental needs by researching, publishing, and disseminat
The Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA)
Founded in 1977, FlaSEIA is a nonprofit professional association of companies involved in the solar energy industry. Please visit FlaSEIA’s website for the latest updates on the Federal Tax Credits on solar energy.
The Florida Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation (FlaSEREF)
Throughout this site you’ll find the most up-to-date consumer and builder information available on solar technologies.
The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP)
Sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field, is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The Florida Renewable Energy Association
Dedicated to expanding the use of clean, renewable energy technologies through public awareness, political advocacy, and individual initiative.

Solar Pool Heating Web Sites

Heliocol
Since 1977, Heliocol has manufactured the highest-quality solar pool heating system in the world. Over 200,000 Heliocol customers worldwide enjoy a longer swimming season with free heat from the sun. Heliocol systems heat swimming pools of all types.

Domestic Hot Water Web Sites

TCT Solar
Over the past two decades, thousands of home owners and businesses have enjoyed the benefits of the PROGRESSIVTUBE solar water heater. It has earned a reputation of high performance with durable design while assuring trouble free maintenance with max
Solene Solar Hot Water Systems
Solar water heaters have been performing faithfully for over 20 years – and with the newest technology in design and manufacturing, your Solene water heater will be trouble-free for years to come.

Photovoltaics Web Sites

SMA Technologies
SMA Technologies AG was founded in 1981 as a spin-off of the University in Kassel. The founders pursued their vision of developing and producing intelligent computer-based control systems for decentralized energy supply.
Sharp Solar
Sharp Solar produces both single and multicrystalline solar cells, built with the most efficient cells on the market.
Open Energy Corporation
Open Energy Corporation is a renewable energy (RE) company focused on the development and commercialization of a portfolio of technologies capable of delivering low-risk, cost-competitive electricity, fresh water, and related commodities on a global
Solar World – First class quality manufactured products
As a leading global specialist in solar power technology and components, Solar World offers their complete series of products which are manufactured to the highest quality control standards.
Solar is Future
A great animated presentation about how your solar power plant works.

Contracting

Some of our accomplishments and prize projects include the following:
  • Georgia Tech, Aquatic Center – Site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games
  • Australian Olympic Pool – Melbourne, Australia
  • State of Florida Governor’s Mansion – Tallahassee, Florida
  • Mazatlan, Mexico – Largest Solar Pool Heating System in the world
  • City of St. Cloud, Florida – Largest Solar Pool Heating System in the State
  • City of Cocoa Beach, Florida – Won several prestigious awards
We are members in Good Standing of:
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Parks and Recreation Association
  • Florida Solar Energy Industries Association
  • National Pool and Spa Institute
  • Clearwater Chamber of Commerce
Our awards include:
  • Florida Department of Commerce – 1995 Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • Florida Solar Energy Association – 1995 Solar Pool and Water Heating Project of the Year (Cocoa Beach)

AAASolar Source is State licensed, insured up to $1.5 million and fully bonded.
License #CV C056646

Solar Source

Founded in 1984 and based in Largo, Solar Source has led the solar charge for over 30 years. We have installed over 30,000 solar systems in that time and continue to grow rapidly. These installations range in size and complexity from small residential systems to large-scale commercial projects. As the leading solar contractor in the state of Florida, we have also established Solar Source Institute, an accredited school with which we conduct training for our own staff as well as other licensed contractors (including solar, electrical, and roofing) to teach best practices and issue certifications of competency. When you choose Solar Source to perform your solar installation you’re hiring a company with unrivaled experience that is able to deliver a solution that suits your specific needs, has a maximum return on investment, with trouble-free performance for many years. We maintain a consistent A rating Angie’s List, BBB and many other consumer ratings sites, and we encourage you to check our reputation. Providing you with the absolute best in solar energy is our constant goal.
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