Florida going slowly solar?

Florida going slowly solar?

Summary: FGCU's Library and caption as shown on the university's website.The "Sunshine State" is going to put some of that sunshine to use for something besides orange juice, tourism and melanoma.

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libr.jpg FGCU's Library and caption as shown on the university's website.

The "Sunshine State" is going to put some of that sunshine to use for something besides orange juice, tourism and melanoma. How about a little electricity? Or in the case of Florida Gulf Coast University, for a lot of electricity.

The plan is to build for FGCU the largest solar farm at any university anywhere on earth. Fits because FGCU specializes in envornmental education and research. The money, do not faint, is coming from the Florida state government. The same state that twice voted for the Dick Cheney administration is now sneaking behind his back looking for alternatives to fossil fuel. Oh naught, naughty.

FGCU needs to get the Florida governor's OK and then they'll move ahead, hoping to have the solar farm in operation by next summer when the sun really shines there in Fort Meyers. And the hope is for the solar farm to power the university and all the iPod downloads and cell phone rechargers needed by the students. Not to mention the refrigeration needed to cool beer for 9500 sun-parched scholars.

On the university website the college's mission statement explicitly speaks its goal to be ecologically responsible: "Florida Gulf Coast University continuously pursues academic excellence, practices and promotes environmental sustainability...."

And Florida is planning to finance solar installations at some other state colleges as well. This could be a trend.

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  • Conspiracy theories?

    If you're the sort that likes conspiracy theories... here's a couple:

    1) Big Oil has it's eyes on drilling in the Gulf and so this is a way to butter up the State for that push.

    2) A respected university with a failed solar power plan (too costly, not reliable, whatever) is worth far more than preventing the project entirely.

    I don't buy either, though.
    shawn_dude
  • RE: Florida going slowly solar?

    This SHOULD be a trend!
    rmark@...
  • Thanks for the liberal bias

    If you're going to provide a news story, at least keep your political bent out of the picture.

    A solar farm is good news, REGARDLESS of how the state votes.

    If I want inane political ramblings, I'll read the Daily Kos.
    Obi-Haiv
  • RE: Florida going slowly solar?

    I wish everyone would keep the political garbage out of this kind of stuff. It's too important to everyone's future to let it get into political correctness and mudslinging. The whole country need a HUGE investment to build up a solar/wind/ thermal energy grid and more research into fusion reators and orbital generator research. Or you can kiss a good chunk of the next gen.'s kids lifes goodby around the world and even in the u.s. We'll need them bad if we ever want to get into electric car's which will be needed sooner than most think and can't be done with current electric output.
    b_wallach@...
    • I agree

      I don't see the politics as being necessary or warranted. He implies that the school is somehow better than those that might be involved in fossil fuels. Problem is, the school doesn't have any skin in the game. It's state money. They should have to repay the state for the reduced electrical bills.

      Heck, I will switch my house over to solar tomorrow if someone else will pay for it. I'm not even an environmental nutjob.
      20kwfence
      • ...

        Where do you live? There are a lot of incentives and assistance programs out there to help people make the step into solar. Google is a good tool to start with. ]:)
        Linux User 147560
      • heck yeah

        someone else WILL pay for your decision to not use solar.
        sakejunkie
  • RE: Florida going slowly solar?

    I would LOVE to switch to solar and tell my local co-op to stuff it, but bottom line is, I can't afford it. So until it becomes affordable, just continue to make yourself feel better with your little political jabs that add nothing to the story.
    Texas8412
  • RE: Florida going slowly solar?

    For Texas8412, I just signed a lease contract with SolarCity of Foster City, CA. Their sister company is Tesla Motors, the electric car company. For zero money down, I'll be paying $81 per month for the first year. Every year the rate moves up 3.5%. It's a 15 year lease on this 2.4 kW system. SolarCity will quarantee output and maintain all equipment. At the end of the lease, I can buy the system for a steep discount, move it to another location, renew the lease or have them take it off my roof. The system is also completely transferable to a new owner, should I decide to sell my house. It's a win-win deal. SolarCity isn't in Texas yet, but some enterprising company needs to be there - lots of opportunity. See www.solarcity.com for more info. Another player is Sun Run of San Francisco, different business model (more $$ needed up front, with guaranteed electricity cost (futures) for 18 years.
    Sun Guy