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Green Jobs In South Florida
Monday, 29 March 2010


Roy Foster, founder of Faith Love Hope, located at 3175 South Congress Avenue, Palm Springs, FL 33461, along with supporters and constituents of the great cause to aid, house, train, and create jobs for Veterans, has entered into a joint venture with GoSunSolutions, a West Palm Beach based solar consulting firm founded by Steve Berg, and OBI Financial LLC, founded by Richard L. Kanter. “The group”, has created an alliance with Brilliant Harvest LLC, founded by William Johnson, to create “green jobs” via training, certification, and placement for over one thousand war Veterans expected to return home to Palm Beach County by December 2010.
Details of the project include, but are not limited to, housing solutions, food, shelter, licensing, insurance, counseling, and permanent job placement for soldiers as they return from defending our freedom. In addition, while providing alternative energy solutions, lowering carbon emissions as well as dependency on foreign oil, and becoming a “greener” energy independent Nation, the project hopes to expand throughout the state of Florida by 2012.

The group believes this is precisely the strategy needed to conquer the goal set forth by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice requiring 20 percent of the state’s energy production to be in the form of renewable resources by 2022.

 



Legislation to boost solar efforts, create jobs
Monday, 29 March 2010


The Sunshine State is poised to be the second largest solar energy producer in the country, thanks to three large solar plants Florida Power & Light will complete this year.

FPL kicked off operations at a solar plant in DeSoto County in October with great fanfare, including an appearance by President Barack Obama. Just two years earlier, former President Bill Clinton helped the company unveil its plans to build large solar plants.

When finished, the DeSoto plant and two others in Martin and Brevard counties to be completed this year will generate 110 megawatts of energy -- enough to power 35,000 homes and prevent the emission of an estimated 575,000 tons of greenhouse gases over the 30-year life of the facilities.

Solar energy proponents say the benefits of switching from polluting fossil fuels to renewable sources are substantial – creating jobs, providing clean power sources and diversifying Florida's power supply. But some consumer advocates and utility critics are raising concerns about the costs of solar energy – now many times higher than for other sources – and proposals to allow utilities to pass on the costs of such projects without traditional state regulatory oversight.

"We have got to look at all energy solutions," said Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, who is in line to be the next Senate president. "The ratepayers need to know exactly what the costs would be…In a very weak economy, asking consumers to pay three or four times more may be untenable."

FPL's solar plants were built under a provision in a 2008 law that allowed utilities to pass the costs of solar or wind projects generating up to 110 megawatts of energy without the normal regulatory review. FPL officials have said that kind of a provision is needed for it move forward with other solar projects, including a $300 million 75-megawatt solar plant as part of a sustainable city planned on Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County.


CFO to State: Pass Energy Bonds Bill
Monday, 29 March 2010


Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink asked the state legislature to pass a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bill. The bill would allow state residents to use government bonds to help pay for clean energy measures in homes across Florida.

"This problem-solving legislation will allow businesses and homeowners to increase energy efficiency and decrease energy dependence," Sink said in a press release. "Most importantly, we can spur economic growth and create homegrown private sector jobs in the emerging clean energy marketplace. Florida should be a world leader in solar technology, and this will help us begin laying that foundation."

The PACE bill would allow Florida property owners who can't afford clean energy the option to use bonds to pay for improvements such as solar panels, retrofits and wind-resistant improvements.

Taxpayers would not be footing the bill for these bonds. Instead, appraisers would reassess homes and businesses that get new clean energy measures. Home or business owners would pay for the bonds through taxes on the new values of their property.

Sink's press secretary Kevin Cate said that the initiative will create many clean energy jobs in the state. He added that it would cut energy costs for businesses and home owners.

The bill passed committees in both the Florida House and Senate. It is now headed to a floor vote.


CFO to State: Pass Energy Bonds Bill
Monday, 29 March 2010


Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink asked the state legislature to pass a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bill. The bill would allow state residents to use government bonds to help pay for clean energy measures in homes across Florida.

"This problem-solving legislation will allow businesses and homeowners to increase energy efficiency and decrease energy dependence," Sink said in a press release. "Most importantly, we can spur economic growth and create homegrown private sector jobs in the emerging clean energy marketplace. Florida should be a world leader in solar technology, and this will help us begin laying that foundation."

The PACE bill would allow Florida property owners who can't afford clean energy the option to use bonds to pay for improvements such as solar panels, retrofits and wind-resistant improvements.

Taxpayers would not be footing the bill for these bonds. Instead, appraisers would reassess homes and businesses that get new clean energy measures. Home or business owners would pay for the bonds through taxes on the new values of their property.

Sink's press secretary Kevin Cate said that the initiative will create many clean energy jobs in the state. He added that it would cut energy costs for businesses and home owners.

The bill passed committees in both the Florida House and Senate. It is now headed to a floor vote.

 
 
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