Solar Energy

Tampa Electric Seeks Approval For Solar Projects

Jul 2, 2018

In a second phase of a plan to increase its use of solar energy, Tampa Electric Co. on Friday asked state regulators for approval to recoup money from customers to pay for five solar projects in Hillsborough and Polk counties. 

Solar panels are not going to fix sea-level rise.

They're an energy source that does not release carbon into the atmosphere. So, switching to solar panels will limit the carbon in the Earth's atmosphere in the future. That could help prevent sea-level rise from getting worse.

But solar panels do not take out the carbon that’s already there  the carbon that's already begun to cause global warming and rising seas.

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A group of Sarasota County residents and solar power advocates gathered today at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota to announce another new solar co-op. There are now more than 20 such co-ops here in the sunshine state. We’re joined by Julia Herbst, she’s a coordinator with the St. Pete Co-op, to learn more about the benefits of belonging to a solar co-op. We’re also joined by Ron Susi, who is a participant in another solar co-op that was launched earlier this year in Sarasota County.

A new solar co-op is being formed in Sarasota to leverage the power of group buying to get solar power installed in homes and businesses. The co-op will begin Wednesday.

With the state’s energy portfolio surpassing 60 percent natural gas, Florida’s utility regulators are pushing for greater diversity.

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