Florida’s New Solar Laws Expected to Boost Commercial Installations

But the laws do nothing to improve residential solar

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Mike Mahmoudi, owner of the 32-room New Sun Gate Motel on South Federal Highway in Lake Worth, is pleased that he invested $115,000 in a 40.2 kilowatt rooftop solar system that generates power whenever the sun is shining.

“My electric bill was expensive. It’s saving me some money, and I helped create jobs. I feel good. My property value will go up, and I get a federal income tax break,” Mahmoudi said.

Since Fort Lauderdale-based Advance Solar & Spa installed the 120 commercial LG 72-cell solar panels, at 335 watts each in April, Mahmoudi estimates he is saving $800 to $1,000 a month in electricity costs. Plus, guests at the New Sun Gate have also made favorable comments about Mahmoudi’s decision to use solar power.

“A lot of people like it because it’s green,” Mahmoudi said.

But a successful constitutional amendment intended to make it easier — and more profitable — for people like Mahmoudi to benefit from renewable energy seems more cloudy than clear by rules being implemented in Tallahassee.

Solar energy has received a lot of attention in Florida in the past year. Last November, voters faced two proposed constitutional amendments. They rejected the utility-backed proposed Amendment 1 that would have likely restricted rooftop solar but approved passage of Amendment 4, designed to spur the growth of solar photovoltaic systems.

This article can be read in its entirety at The Palm Beach Post.