Sixty-year-old Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami and a full-time biology professor at Florida International University, spoke with Southeast Energy News about how and why he became a mayor, how he marshals science to pass successful legislation supporting renewable and green energy, and what he sees for the future of climate-vulnerable cities like South Miami.
As much as $5.6 billion in solar investments and nearly 15,000 jobs in four Southeast states would be at risk if President Trump places tariffs on imported solar panels, according to an industry analysis.
Florida law requires utilities to keep electric bills low and to expand clean energy use. Yet Florida’s heavy reliance on natural gas has exposed ratepayers to economic risk and market volatility, according to advocates.
A solar advocate who found a way to create bulk-purchase discounts for home rooftop systems is growing it into a national movement to assert what she feels are the rights of system owners.
As community solar arrays become more popular around the country, a Florida entrepreneur has created a company to apply a similar model to wind projects.
A Florida solar advocate is pressing utilities for answers on Amendment 1. So far, she’s not having much luck.
Jeff Brandes, a 40-year-old Florida Republican state senator, thinks he has figured out how to expand solar in the Sunshine State without subsidies.
Since Florida’s Supreme Court upheld the state’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) law against challenges last autumn, applications for the innovative financing have been rising fast.