In a four to one vote, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) voluntary solar partnership pilot program and associated tariff. The program is open to all customer classes—residential, commercial, and industrial—providing an opportunity to help expand Florida’s solar production.
“FPL’s voluntary solar pilot program lets FPL customers support solar power if they choose to, but does not increase electric bills for those who don’t,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham.
Program enrollment begins in January 2015, and FPL plans to begin solar project construction at the same time. The first 300 kilowatts (kW) will include two to five individual projects at 50 to 100 kW each, with fuel and emission savings estimated at $.05 per kilowatt hour. Renewable energy generated from the facilities will displace energy produced by fossil fuels and serve all FPL customers.
Here is more information on FPL’s approved solar pilot program tariff:
• Customers voluntarily sign up for the program.
• FPL will begin accepting voluntary customer contributions in May 2015.
• Participating customers will pay $9 per month to help advance solar power in Florida.
• Offered on a month-to-month basis, program participation can begin or end at any time.
• Non-participating customers will not subsidize the program.
• Program participants will receive quarterly performance reports, and a program website will track the energy generated and corresponding fuel and environmental benefits.
The voluntary solar pilot program will run for three years to assess participation, revenue, and operating costs. Based on this information, the PSC will then determine whether to continue the pilot program.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.
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