Sunshine State slow to warm up to solar power

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Author: Evan Halper
Publisher: Florida Times-Union
Date: August 16, 2014

Few places in the country are as warm and bright as Mary Wilkerson’s property on the beach near St. Petersburg, a city once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 768-day stretch of sunny days.

But while Florida advertises itself as the Sunshine State, power company executives and regulators have worked successfully to keep most Floridians from using that sunshine to generate their own power.

Wilkerson discovered the paradox when she set out to harness sunlight into electricity for the vintage cottages she rents out at Indian Rocks Beach. She would have had an easier time installing solar panels, she found, if she had put the homes on a flatbed and transported them north to chilly Massachusetts. Read more here.