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Listen Up: Solar Power in the Sunshine State

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When I first got into solar, Florida seemed to be a natural market. After all, it’s the Sunshine State. In spite of the sun, there is one big problem that was holding back the market: the state of Florida prohibits residents from purchasing electricity from a source other than a utility. Unlike all other sunny states in the U.S., third party solar companies such as SolarCity, SunRun and Vivint are prohibited from providing solar leases and PPAs to homeowners. This utility-biased state policy has made it difficult for homeowners to finance their rooftop solar systems.

Fortunately, affordable solar loans are now available in Florida. These low interest and easy qualification loans help homeowners get to positive cash flow (electricity savings > financing costs). As a result, the rooftop solar industry in Florida is finally growing, in spite of the utilities’ anti-competitive policies.

My guest this week is Justin Hoysradt, CEO of Vinyasun, one of the leading residential solar installers in Florida. Please join me on this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World as Justin talks about the opportunities for rooftop solar in Florida, as well as some of their unique requirements — such as mounting systems and panels that can resist hurricane-force winds.

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Policy, Not Finance, Biggest Obstacle to Scaling Decentralized Renewable Energy: Energy Access Summit

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Renewable energy companies in emerging markets in Africa and Asia frequently lament the shortage of financing as the main barrier to scaling decentralized solutions, such as rooftop solar and mini-grids. But at a summit in early June, industry leaders singled out the lack of supportive national energy policies as the biggest obstacle to accelerated growth.

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Kenya Plans Debut Green Bond to Fund Renewable Energy Projects

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Kenya, East Africa’s biggest economy, is in talks with international investors to prepare the sale of the country’s first green bond, Nairobi Securities Exchange Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Odundo said.

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Energy Storage Market to Equal Rooftop Solar by 2028

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Batteries capable of storing power at utility scale will be as widespread in 12 years as rooftop solar panels are now, revolutionizing the way consumers use energy.

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India's Tata Power to Buy $1.4BN Renewables Portfolio

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Tata Power Company Ltd. agreed to buy a 1.1-GW solar and wind portfolio from Welspun Renewable Energy Pvt in India’s biggest clean energy deal, according to an exchange filing.

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Berkeley Lab Study Tallies Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Solar Power

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Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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Listen Up: Cleaning Your Solar Panels – Professionally

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Please Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World as we welcome Jay Welsh, CEO of Solar Maids, the leading professional panel cleaning service.

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SunEdison Sells Portfolio of Indian Rooftop Solar Projects

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SunEdison Inc., the bankrupt clean-energy giant, sold a 7-MW portfolio of rooftop solar projects in India to Amplus Energy Solutions Pvt.

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Shuttered Mine Streamlines Development, Slashes Costs of Pumped-Hydro Storage in Australia

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In the eastern Australian state of Queensland, developers plans to transform a disused gold mine into a 450-MW pumped-hydro storage facility at a fraction of the cost typically associated with pumped-hydro projects.

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Leveraging Live Video Broadcast Technology to Streamline Renewable Energy Site Management

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In the renewable energy industry, many companies worldwide find that distances between offices and installation sites pose a significant challenge for surveying and project management.

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