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Could a Solar Mandate Come to Florida?

Could a Solar Mandate Come to Florida?

A recent survey conducted by CITE research revealed that over 70 percent of Americans would support a nationwide solar panel mandate requiring solar panels to be installed on newly built homes. Nowhere would this be more impactful than in Florida where there are 101 sunny days a year on average. However, Florida lawmakers, influenced by utility companies, are hesitant to pass such laws, and it may be to the detriment of consumers and contractors alike. 

In this article, we discuss solar power in Florida and its potential impact on the construction industry. Solar construction has the potential to fuel the construction industry by creating new jobs and opportunities. But will Florida follow California and require solar power on all new homes? Or will it continue to lag behind other states? The answer may be up to you. 

The Power of the Sun 

More and more, homeowners are becoming conscious of how their actions affect the environment. In addition to being a clean alternative to fossil fuels, solar energy is a way for homeowners to save money on utilities. For these reasons, new and prospective homeowners continue to demand solar power. However, their cries may be falling on deaf ears. 

As The New York Times reports, “Florida is one of eight states that prohibit the sale of solar electricity directly to consumers unless the provider is a utility.” Measures to require a minimum amount of solar energy passed the State Senate in 2009 but died in the House of Representatives soon after. The Reason? Utility companies fought against it. 

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Since then, homeowners have struggled against utilities while continuing to install solar panels on their homes. In the same New York Times article, it was reported that “An unlikely grass-roots coalition has emerged in Florida in the last five years to promote solar power — residential in particular.” Furthermore, certain construction-heavy areas of Florida, such as South Miami, now require solar panels on new homes. It’s clear that people want solar, but will the construction industry give it to them? 

What Does This Mean for the Construction Industry? 

Construction companies are always looking for ways to serve their communities while remaining profitable — a difficult balance. The construction industry is regularly plagued by labor shortages, rising material costs, and acts of God. Solar construction is just one way that contractors can grow their businesses, but they must be permitted to do so. By preventing the expansion of solar energy, utility companies are hindering homeowners, business owners, contractors, and construction companies — anyone and everyone who could benefit from solar energy. 

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At Cotney Construction Lobbying, we’ve made it our mission to keep contractors informed regarding industry happenings and provide them with a path to voice their concerns to those who can enact real change. Like utility companies, contractors deserve a say in the laws that affect their workers and businesses. If you’d like a chance to voice your concerns regarding the state’s solar laws, speak with a professional from Cotney Construction Lobbying. 

If you would like to speak with a construction industry advocate from Cotney Construction Lobbying, please contact us today.

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