Florida it’s Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar Panels—Thanks to Lobbying

Florida it’s Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar Panels—Thanks to Lobbying

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Florida’s energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why it’s so difficult for people to utilize solar energy.

The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state – Florida Power and Light (FPL) – has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

20 Comments on “Florida it’s Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar Panels—Thanks to Lobbying”

  1. when the baterry is full schut off the solarpannels. that there won't be power send back to the grid.

  2. Fuck Florida! you can gun someone down in the street, u set stand your ground. but, they have all kinds of restrictions on things that make your life easier and more affordable.

  3. What he needs to do is install a transfer switch just like they use for a backup generator except use the grid as the backup and then it will only use the grid if the solar fails and can not feed back into the grid so no problem and it should pass code everywhere.

  4. It reminds me of the story of a man who built tiny homes for the homeless in LA and he had solar panels just enough to power 1 lightbulb and charge your phone with. The city came and TOOK the tiny homes that weren't on private land saying they were a eye sore even though he'd just replaced the TENTS which were already there AND frankly the tiny houses were VERY cute and after a intense debate did release them instead of destroying them however they TOOK all the solar panels!!! This is CA which is supposed to be the nexus of environmental conscientiousness! This ALL happened right as LA major was signing a bill to spend 10 BILLION to build homes for the homeless. This guy crowd funded his project for 100k with each tiny home costing around 1600. They ALL were on wheels so you could literally wheel them around with fire detectors, locked windows and doors! So ZERO safety issues! This shows in my opinion how government says they WANT to help out those in need but they actually don't actually want to help ANYONE other corporations!

  5. What the hell! Why would they want you to shut off your power when FL power goes down that's sorta the point of being OFF grid!! ALL of the excuses sounds like reasons why you SHOULDN'T be connected to BOTH not the other way around!

  6. I dont care what they lobby for. That law is unconstitutional and unlawful. Any law that is unconstitutional is automatically void not at the time of challenge but at the time of enactment. And yes , our rights are set in stone. Read the 9th ammendment. They can not be appealed because they are inherent. How you like them apples?

  7. Thought from outside US so …Form a company – an Electrical Company with an innocous name – include in the small print "supply local power". The corporation owns the solar panels and all gear and invoices homeowner for monthly power.Any attempt to remove panels constitites an illegal restraint of trade.

  8. many sates forbid collecting rain water, people are forced to depend on public utilities, a steep fine and prison time is given for people who collect rain water, drilling your own well, etc, etc. Land of the free? Free for government to rule & fleece the citizens.

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