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Monday, May 18, 2009

Florida Solar Incentives Creates Jobs


Incentives To Lure Jobs To Central Florida Could Hit $31M

By David Damron and Mark K. Matthews
Orlando Sentinel
May 11, 2009

An Ohio-based solar company that may bring a new plant and up to 3,600 jobs to Orange County could collect as much as $31 million in state and local incentives one of the largest public payouts in years to lure a private company here.

The list of potential inducements typically kept confidential, but obtained by the Orlando Sentinel in a public-records request - is included in a 31-page application that the Willard & Kelsey Solar Group used to win a recent $2.5 million STATE CLEAN-ENEGRY GRANT.

The application says the company is considering building a new Florida headquarters and 1 million square feet of solar-panel-production space.

The records also show that the company is for now, at least - focused on building near Orlando, though other Florida cities and the Toledo, Ohio, suburb where it recently opened another facility also are competing for the plant.


State government must lead by example in the fight against global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its own agencies.
- Governor Crists Executive Order 07-126

Florida Solar Rebate Program

The SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS INCENTIVES PROGRAM, or the solar rebate program, was created in 2006 by the Florida Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act. The four-year program is designed to encourage residents and businesses to invest in solar energy technologies by providing rebates for purchase and installation of solar energy systems in homes and businesses.

Any resident of Florida who purchases and installs a new solar energy system from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010, is eligible for a rebate on a portion of the purchase price of that solar energy system. The rebate application must be made within 120 days after the purchase of the solar energy equipment, and must meet one of the following requirements:

· Two kilowatts or larger for a solar photovoltaic system; or
· A solar energy system that provides at least 50 percent of a buildings hot water consumption for a solar thermal system; or
· A solar thermal pool heater.



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