Solar disarray: Lawmakers bungle green push
As a blazing sun bore down this week, Southwest Florida got a sweltering reminder of true solar power.
With the intensity and frequency of its sunshine, Florida should be a world leader in harnessing this potent form of renewable energy.
Yet, the state has only a handful of commercial solar arrays, offers a paltry $5 million rebate program and serves merely as a conduit for federal stimulus funds targeted to renewable energy projects.
Despite good goals set by Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida has done too little to increase the use and generation of solar power or to encourage businesses or jobs in developing, supplying or installing the equipment.