[Saint Petersburg Times] Times The U.S. solar power industry is about to enjoy a moment in the sun. A new federal tax credit for household purchases of solar power equipment – the first such credit for residential customers in two decades – will take effect Jan. 1. The industry is hopeful the credit will help raise public awareness of solar power, which has been receiving attention amid the surge in fossil fuel prices and more aggressive incentives and requirements for renewable energy at the state level. That goes even more so for Florida, where the relatively small niche market of solar pool heaters accounts for the vast majority of household solar equipment, according to Bruce Kershner, executive director of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association in Longwood. See the full story at the link below.