Florida Utility’s Program Kicks Starts Solar Energy

Thanks to a new clean energy program, the future is looking bright for Florida Power & Light customers. Starting this month, FPL’s 3.6 million residential customers throughout Florida can sign up for cleaner energy through the company’s Sunshine Energy program and help preserve the environment for future generations. In addition to supporting a cleaner environment and providing for a growing market for renewable energy, this new program will ensure 150 kW of new solar-electric capacity will be added to Florida’s grid for every 10,000 customers that sign up.

Juno Beach, Florida – February 13, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] FPL’s Sunshine Energy initiative, also known as a “green pricing” program, is offered as a choice for those who want to support cleaner, renewable electric generation and reduce the demand for electricity generated from fossil fuels. By participating in the program, FPL customers can reduce Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas, caused by their electricity use. Purchasing cleaner electricity is one of the most powerful things an individual can do to reduce air pollution. By signing up for the Sunshine Energy program, the average household in Florida can avoid contributing over 10,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year – as much as a car would produce in over 11,000 miles of driving, according to FPL. This is a significant reduction in the amount of CO2 an average household emits in a year, said the company. “We’re proud to offer this new energy option to our customers, which allows them to support cleaner energy and reduce CO2 emissions,” said Bill Hamilton, vice president of customer service/sales and marketing for FPL. “This new green pricing program shows FPL’s commitment to cleaner energy and to meeting the needs of the millions of households we serve.” When customers choose FPL’s Sunshine Energy program they will pay only $9.75 extra each month to ensure 1,000 kWh hours of cleaner electricity is produced by generators serving Florida and other states nationwide. Customers will support cleaner electricity generated from wind, solar and bio-energy. The monthly charge will appear on the FPL electric bill. An important element of the Sunshine Energy program is FPL’s commitment to build new renewable facilities in the state of Florida. For every 10,000 customers who sign up for Sunshine Energy, FPL will provide 150 kW of solar capacity in Florida – twice as large as the solar facility at EPCOT. That equals 15,000 square feet, which is about one-third the size of a regulation football field. “Customers signing up for the Sunshine Energy program are making a difference by helping spur the development of new solar energy facilities and directly causing other renewables to be built in Florida,” Hamilton said. “This is something tangible they will not only be able to see, but feel proud of as well. “This is an exciting step toward a more sustainable environment,” said Eric Draper, vice president for Audubon of Florida. “That amount of renewable energy, cuts carbon dioxide emission by 160 tons per year, or as much CO2 as about 22,000 trees would absorb in a year.”
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