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  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014


    Rules prevent solar panels in many states with abundant sunlight

    Evan Halper, August 9, 2014 (LA Times)

    “…Florida is one of several states, mostly in the Southeast, that combine copious sunshine with extensive rules designed to block its use…States like Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — not known for clear, blue skies — have outpaced their counterparts to the south in the installation of rooftop solar panels…[One reason is] opposition from utilities grown nervous by the rapid encroachment of solar firms on their business…The business models that have made solar systems financially viable for millions of homeowners in California, New England and elsewhere are largely illegal in…[many] Southern states. Companies that pioneered the industry, such as SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc., do not even attempt to do business there…Under the typical business model for the solar industry, homeowners sign lease agreements with installation companies. The homeowners pay the cost of the panels over time and sell any excess power the systems generate [at relatively high rates]…Along with tax breaks and other government incentives, the lease agreements have made solar installations increasingly affordable…Southern states, several of which cherish low electricity rates afforded by extensive use of coal, typically have far fewer solar incentives [and, often, permitting and interconnection obstructions]…” click here for more


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