Floridians Stand Up for Solar Today at the State Capitol

This blog was written by Jennifer Rennicks, former Senior Director of Policy & Communications at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Guest Blog | April 10, 2014 | Energy Policy, Florida, Solar

Hundreds of Floridians – including a former governor, college students, solar industry developers, faith leaders, clean energy advocates and more – converged on Florida’s State Capitol in Tallahassee for a #SolarUprising Rally to demand that elected leaders act to unlock solar power development in Florida.

As we’ve noted in recent blogs, Florida has the best solar potential east of the Mississippi and the third largest potential for rooftop solar generation in the nation, yet ranks only 18th for solar PV installation in 2013. The sad truth is that solar energy in the Sunshine State is greatly under-utilized because Florida lacks the leadership and policies needed to unlock the solar market.

A detailed blog about the rally and the policies and leadership Florida needs will come on Monday – but you can follow real-time updates all day through several digital media accounts – InstagramFacebookTwitter – and the rally can be tracked via social media with the #SolarUprising hashtag. For now – here’s a brief round up:

Rally Speakers:

Charlie Crist, former Governor of Florida
Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Debbie Dooley, Green Tea Coalition
Susan Glickman, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Commissioner Scott Maddox, City of Tallahassee
Justin Vandenbroeck, IDEAS For Us Ambassador
Jabari Mickles & LaQuinta Alexander, Dream Defenders
Anthony Paz, FIU Student
Pastor Brant Copeland, First Presbyterian Church


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