As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation.
In Florida, there’s no financial assistance for installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy users can only take a federal tax credit.
Florida Power and Light powers the state using mostly natural gas. Out of all the energy FPL provides, only 0.06 percent comes from solar energy.
An energy bill that is nearing passage in the Florida Legislature would strike an old solar rebate program from the books.
The program was more popular than expected, and when it ended in 2010, thousands of rebate holders hadn’t received all of the money they were due.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has recommended that lawmakers clean up state statutes by eliminating the rebate program. Since the program has ended, he says it's no longer needed on the books.
01/28/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the history and viability of solar energy. Portugal leads the way in European solar energy, with 70% of its electricity generated from the sun. Some 20% of California’s electrical grid is solar powered.
04/22/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at environmental technology with the author of POWERING THE DREAM: The History and Promise of Green Technology. Energy innovation began in earnest some 150 years ago. Geo-thermal heating was used in Idaho in 1892, while windmills irrigated the Great Plains and watered livestock.