Solar Energy

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Solar energy will be on Florida’s ballot again in November. Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment on the issue last month but the next proposal is more controversial. 

The League of Women Voters of Florida and other organizations launched a campaign Wednesday opposing Amendment 1.

Florida’s solar Amendment 4 passed with brilliant colors Tuesday. With only 60 percent needed to pass, the measure’s overwhelming support suggests, perhaps, a new direction for solar in the Sunshine State, a relatively untapped source of energy.

At noon on a cloudless day, the sun beats down on the rooftop of a Coconut Grove hotel. Daren Goldin, a solar contractor, walks around rows of solar panels installed at angles on the white roof. The sun’s reflection is almost blinding, like snow on a sunny day.

Tara Calligan

Developers Kitson and Partners unveiled Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County today. It will be the first town in the nation primarily powered by solar energy, along with a few other surprises.

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