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Does The Sunshine State Discriminate Against Solar Power?


“Does the law of Florida discriminate against solar power companies? The short answer is “yes.” The long answer is also “yes,” but with the caveat that consumers – as opposed to solar companies – are the true victims.

Florida prohibits retail sales of electricity by anyone other than government-sanctioned utility companies. The prohibition does not extend to leasing generating equipment because leases do not involve the sale of electricity.

In any event, consumers in Florida cannot buy electricity from non-utility power companies. At the same time, non-utility power companies, including rooftop solar companies, cannot sell power to retail customers in Florida. The prohibition applies regardless of the technology used to generate electricity. Unless the utility is the seller, consumers are just as prohibited from buying electricity generated with diesel fuel as they are from buying power generated from sunlight.”

Originally posted on June 23, 2015