The use of solar energy is growing rapidly every year. In fact, by the end of 2019, solar and wind power could make up more than 10 percent of U.S. energy generation. In the past, Florida has not lived up to its potential when it comes to utilizing solar energy. In 2017, only 0.4 percent of Florida’s electricity was derived from solar energy, despite the state’s ranking as the twelfth highest in terms of solar energy capability.
Fortunately, the cost of solar panel installation has dropped by over 75% during the past decade. This makes it easier for homeowners to install panels and save money over time, as the addition of solar panels can also increase a home’s value. This development will allow Florida to make more advancements in its use of solar energy.
Earlier this year, Florida Power & Light company—a utility company servicing over 10 million people in the state—introduced its 30-by-30 plan. This groundbreaking news bodes well for Florida’s future in solar energy. The company will install over 30 million solar panels by the year 2030, which would put Florida on the map as one of the world’s leaders in solar energy.
This initiative will make a huge difference in Florida’s energy use. While energy companies are taking the right steps toward utilizing solar energy, it would also be beneficial for Florida homeowners to do the same. As mentioned above, the switch to solar energy will ultimately save consumers money, and they’ll be able to take their homes’ energy source into their own hands. Residents of the state could also see positive effects on their taxes, as Florida’s government offers a 30% tax benefit for those who use solar power. This allows homeowners to get a portion of their investments back.
It’s important to remember, however, that using solar energy doesn’t just save you money—it also contributes to the betterment of the environment. The Earth’s resources are limited, and we need to be mindful of what we leave behind. By integrating solar energy into our everyday lives, we can rest assured that we’re positively affecting the health of the world we live in.
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