Solar Panels

GERARD ALBERT III / WLRN

FPL and Miami-Dade County have teamed up to launch over 400 floating solar panels into a recreational lake behind Miami International Airport.

  

FPL’s new floating solar field is the first of its kind in the state, but Mayor Carlos Gimenez says there’s room for expansion.

 

“This is going to be a good demonstration project to see if actually this does work, [whether] we can utilize those lakes that are all around Miami-Dade County to make cheap affordable energy.”

 

Steve Newborn / WUSF

The two biggest utilities in Florida - Duke Energy and the parent company of Florida Power and Light - have just announced they plan to cut their emissions by more than half by 2030. And North Carolina-based Duke wants to eliminate their carbon output by mid-century.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County homeowners who are interested in installing solar panels now have a chance to buy in to renewable energy.  

Members from climate change advocacy groups gathered at the Young At Art Museum in Davie on Wednesday to announce the launch of a new solar co-op. The co-op allows a group of homeowners to join together to purchase solar panels in bulk, which costs less money than purchasing panels individually.  

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN News

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Last week  South Miami became the first city in Florida to mandate that all new homes, townhomes, condo and apartment buildings have rooftop solar panels. 

The measure also requires current homeowners who chose to enlarge their homes by 75 percent or more or replace at least three-quarters of them  to add solar panels. 

The new rule takes effect on Sept. 18.