Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy
Paul Gipe talks about Feed in Tariff effects on ratepayer impact.
The event held on the 3rd of February in Tallahassee marked the first of a three day tour
that rocked the renewable energy world in the State of Florida.
The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) held it’s conference ‘Effective Renewable Energy Policies’ for a standing room only crowd of more than 250 people on February 3rd in Tallahassee. The conference focused on which policies were most cost effective to the ratepayer and would result in the most jobs created to keep Florida dollars in state. Seven delegate members from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) were present. Members of the EPIA account for 80% of the world’s solar power production. Executives from Q Cells, Phoenix Solar, Solar World, and SMA told the incredible growth stories of their companies and time and again stressed to the crowd the direct correlation between the growth of their respective companies and the implementation of a Feed in Tariff policy mechanism in Germany and throughout Europe. In Germany, where the Feed in Tariff was crystallized, the country currently produces more than 50% of the world’s solar power while having the solar radiance as Juneau, Alaska. Florida is currently one of ten states to consider such a mechanism, which goes by many names such as Renewable Energy Payments, Feed in Tariffs and Renewable Energy Dividends. Jobs and economic recovery were discussed at length as the primary benefit of the policy design. The availability to install solar and other types of renewable on every home, church, farm, condo and commercial property was correlated to the thousands of permanent jobs created and millions of dollars that would be kept in the State. The conference also had a special focus on Gainesville, FL., the first municipality in the United States to introduce a Feed in Tariff policy structure.
The delegation of EPIA members spent the next day on a whirlwind tour of the State’s Capitol, being welcomed by more than 30 state legislators and officials, each time telling their remarkable growth stories and sharing their views on how a Renewable Energy Dividend, aka Feed in Tariff, policy design led to their success.
Other speakers and sponsors of the event included National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), MMA Renewable Ventures, Dexia Finance, The World Future Council, The Alliance for Renewable Energy (ARE), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Mayor Hanrahan of Gainesville, Mayor Marks of Tallahassee and Florida Senator Lee Constantine.
“The Florida economy needs new engines of growth; renewables can add hundreds of thousands of jobs here; the catalyst will be energy policies such as Gainesville’s solar feed in tariff that lead to long term investment security. We are delighted that the world’s largest solar companies spent time in
To view and download presentations from the February 3rd Conference – click here
John Burges of FARE welcomes Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan and EPIA Secretary General Adel El Gammal.
Feb. 6th Commission gives its approval to feed-in tariff for solar power
Feb. 6th Representative Kreegel takes issue with PSC recomendation
Feb. 6th Gainesville Regional Utilities Approves Solar Feed-In Tariff
Feb. 6th GRU: Leading the Nation
Feb. 5th Gainesville leads nation in Green efforts
Feb. 4th Gainesville reports on Solar Summit
Feb. 4th European Delegation touts Feed in Tariff in Florida
Feb. 2nd Conference pushes Renewable Energy
EPIA Promotes Conference
Success in Gainesville!!
The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy congratulates the City of Gainesville for their brave leadership. On February 3rd, Mayor Hanrahan and
the City Commissioners officially approved the first municipal Feed in Tariff policy in the United States.
Photo courtesy of GRU
Effective Renewable Energy Policies:
Stimulating Job Creation, Long Term Investments,
and Improving Energy Security
Solar on Every Rooftop!
Key objectives reached:
Who was in attendance: State legislators, environmental and energy advocates, renewable energy industry representatives,local and state utilities, local government officials interested in green job economic development, nonprofits and foundations committed to a renewable energy future.
Speakers included: leading environmental organizations, Florida State legislators, investors, renewable energy industry organizations and leading energy companies.
FARE Executive Director Mike Antheil talks about the events in Tallahassee and Gainesville:
(*editorial note: Q-Cells is the largest cell manufacturer in the world, hence the name....sorry Mr. Shubert!)