Solar power in Florida
Solar power in Florida has been increasing, as the cost of photovoltaics has decreased. Florida adopted a net metering rule which allows any customer generating up to 2 MW to use net metering, with the kilowatt hour surplus rolled over each month, and paid by the utility once a year at the avoided cost rate. This is one of the best net metering rules in the country.
The state's largest solar plant is the 75 MW Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, in Martin County, Florida. As of 2014, no additional concentrated solar power plants are under development in Florida, although in 2007 a 300 MW fresnel solar plant had been planned.
The state's largest photovoltaic plant is the 25 MW DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, completed in 2009. A 400 MW solar farm is planned for Gadsden County, 200 MW in Hardee County and 100 MW in Liberty County. The 100 MW Sorrento Solar Farm is under construction in Lake County. When the 40 MW Phase I is completed, it will be Florida's largest photovoltaic solar farm. As of February 2013, 40 MW of photovoltaic power plants are under construction and an additional 970MW are planned. The available photovoltaic capacity of the state is estimated at 2,902,000 MW.
Some builders are now adding solar panels on all new homes in some subdivisions.
Solar energy is the state's most abundant energy resource and estimates have placed the state's potential at 2,902,000 MWs, which would produce about 5,274,479,000 MWh, an amount much larger than the state's total electricity consumption of 231,209,614 MWh in 2010. Florida is one of only two states with no potential for wind power, the other being Mississippi, and will need to either import energy from other states during overcast days and at night, or provide adequate grid energy storage. Most of the potential is from photovoltaics, which provides no storage. The state has some potential for concentrated solar power, but the potential is estimated at 130 MW.
|Florida Solar Capacity (MWp)|
|Capacity||Change||% Change||Capacity||Change||% Change|
- Florida - Net Metering
- Big Solar Thermal Power Plants Planned for Florida, California
- "President Obama joins FPL for commissioning of nation's largest solar PV power plant; announces $200 million in smart grid funding for FPL's 'Energy Smart Florida'". Florida Power & Light (FPL). October 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
- National Solar Power Reaches Key Milestone in Florida Solar Farm Projects
- Solar Farm Portfolio
- Utility‐Scale Solar Projects in the United States Operating, Under Construction, or Under Development
- KB Home's Solar-As-Standard Spreads to Florida. Will It Make Solar Mainstream?
- EIA (2012-01-30). "State Electricity Profiles". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Estimates of Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential, by State
- Renewable Energy Technical Potential
- Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2011-06-29.
- Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Solar power in Florida.|
- Florida Solar Energy Center
- Florida Solar Energy Industries Association
- Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy