New Smyrna Beach kicks off its green power program with help from the Florida Solar Energy Center on July 11, at the Municipal Golf Course.NEW SMYRNA, Florida – May 31, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The public is invited to celebrate the unveiling of the utility’s latest solar addition – a 4.8 kW photovoltaic (PV) system on the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Golf Facility. It is part of the SunSmart® program that offers a Renewable Energy option to public utility customers throughout the State of Florida. The Florida Solar Energy Center is assisting the Utilities Commission in marketing this new green power program to its utility customers. The Florida Energy Office provided a PV rebate to cover a portion of the system costs, but the remaining funds must be recovered through customer contributions. After the ceremony, Utilities Commission customers can sign up to receive green power for their homes and businesses. Green power from the sun will be sold in blocks of 10, 25 and 50 kilowatts for US$2, US$5 and US$10 respectively. Customers who elect to participate in the program will receive citywide recognition for their support of the program. The Florida Solar Energy Center and the Utilities Commission are also helping private residents install their own solar power systems. The Utilities Commission has installed nine solar photovoltaic systems on private residences in the last three years with costs divided between the residents, commission and Florida Solar Energy Center. Two more residential installations are planned in the next few months.