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Sunrise brief: Florida Governor’s veto of net metering bill a win for clean energy in the Sunshine State

Also on the rise: Missouri town declares solar farm a nuisance. PG&E seeks 176 MW of front-of-the-meter local solar. Group using NREL’s free ReEDs model validates 100% renewables by 2035 for 24 states. Caesars bets on solar, breaks ground on three projects in Atlantic City. MIT, NREL researchers develop 40%-efficient thermophotovoltaic cell for grid-scale thermal batteries. SEIA cuts solar deployment forecast 46% in light of anti-circumvention investigation. LG Energy Solution Q1 net income cut in half by materials costs and supply chain challenges, with sights set on strong EV market.

Breaking: Florida Governor vetoes anti-rooftop solar bill

As renewable energy and energy freedom advocates rejoice, the bill will go back to the legislature, where it initially passed with 68% of the total vote.

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Duke Energy Florida launches utility-owned “community” solar program

Participants will subscribe to a share of the utility’s solar production without having to install panels on their roof.

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86% of Florida voters, regardless of political party, want Gov. DeSantis to veto anti-solar bill

In a Sachs Media poll of Florida voters, 86% said they want Governor Ron DeSantis to veto the bill, and only 3% of respondents across party lines said they support the bill.

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Sunrise brief: Industry efforts prevented Florida rooftop solar bill from being potentially disastrous

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Industry efforts prevented Florida rooftop solar bill from being potentially disastrous

Though the recently passed House Bill 741 is viewed as a loss for consumer choice and the industry, policy advocates fought for and achieved significant improvements. Palmetto’s Ryan Barnett joined pv magazine to discuss the effort and share how his company will continue to serve solar-ready Floridians.

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Anti-rooftop solar net metering bill passes in Florida

House Bill 741 was passed by the Florida Legislature. The rate paid by utilities to rooftop solar owners for excess electricity sent back to the grid is set to be phased down to a fraction of its original rate. It also opens the door for unlimited fixed fees to be levied on solar customers.

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Sunrise brief: Florida rooftop solar bills put 40,000 jobs and $18 billion in economic activity at stake

Also on the rise: New York town plans floating-solar demonstration project. SB energy procures 1.5GW of First Solar modules. Solar Jobs Census seeks participants. Verizon Communications issues fourth green bond. Solarizing houses of worship in communities of color nationwide. Arizona Senate controls the fate of Phoenix anti-solar rate.

Florida rooftop solar bills put 40,000 jobs and $18 billion in economic activity at stake

Two bills moving their way through the House and Senate of Florida threaten to slash the value of Net Energy Metering. The bills are being described as a knockout punch to the industry and have strong bipartisan opposition.

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Sunrise brief: Thanks to the proposal to reduce compensation for excess solar generation, most Florida solar shoppers lose interest

Also on the rise: Convalt Energy steers arounds obstacles on its way to solar manufacturing in New York. NABCEP and EnergySage release survey for solar installers. Recycled silicon used in PERC solar cells. Michigan DTE seeks 500MW of renewables. Grazing sheep under solar increases carbon sequestration. Robot dog monitors PV plant. Greenback acquires several installations in Massachusetts.

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