Solar power in the United States
Solar power in the United States includes utility-scale solar power plants as well as local distributed generation, mostly from rooftop photovoltaics. As of the end of 2016, the U. S. had 40 gigawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity, in the twelve months through January 2017, utility scale solar power generated 35.5 terawatt-hours,0. 92% of total U. S. electricity. During the same period total solar generation, including estimated distributed solar photovoltaic generation, was 57.2 TWh,1.40 % of total U. S. electricity. In terms of installed capacity, by year end 2015 the USA ranked 4th in the world behind China, Germany. In 2016, 39% of all new electricity capacity in the country came from solar, more than any other source. By 2015, solar employment had overtaken oil and gas as well as employment in the U. S. The United States conducted much research in photovoltaics and concentrated solar power. The U. S. is among the top countries in the world in electricity generated by the Sun, the oldest solar power plant in the world is the 354-megawatt SEGS thermal power plant, in California.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a thermal power project in the California Mojave Desert,40 miles southwest of Las Vegas. The 280 MW Solana Generating Station is a power plant near Gila Bend, about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. When commissioned it was the largest parabolic trough plant in the world, there are plans to build many other large solar plants in the United States. Many states have set individual renewable energy goals with solar power being included in various proportions, governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring Californias utilities to obtain 33 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020. A1997 report by the United States Department of Energy found available domestic solar energy technically accessible regardless of cost amounted to 586,687 Quadrillion BTUs, coal represented the second largest resource, a distant 38,147 Quads. Predictions of how much power was economically feasible to collect amounted to 352 quads.
The assumptions used in the report were based on a predicted 2010 price of a barrel of oil being $38, the total annual energy consumption of the United States in 2007 was approximately 100 Quads, less than 0. 5% of what is theoretically available from sunlight. Onshore wind potential is estimated at 32,784 TWh/year, the total available from all renewable resources is estimated at 481,963 TWh/year. Solar energy deployment increased at a pace in the United States and throughout the world in 2008. The Solar Energy Industries Associations 2008 U. S, Solar Industry Year in Review found that U. S. solar energy capacity increased by 17% in 2007, reaching the total equivalent of 8,775 megawatts
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005, Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion, YouTube now operates as one of Googles subsidiaries. Unregistered users can watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. Videos deemed potentially offensive are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old, YouTube earns advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online and Chen said that the original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service, and had been influenced by the website Hot or Not.
YouTube began as a venture capital-funded technology startup, primarily from an $11.5 million investment by Sequoia Capital between November 2005 and April 2006, YouTubes early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California. The domain name www. youtube. com was activated on February 14,2005, the first YouTube video, titled Me at the zoo, shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. The video was uploaded on April 23,2005, and can still be viewed on the site, YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May 2005. The first video to reach one million views was a Nike advertisement featuring Ronaldinho in November 2005. Following a $3.5 million investment from Sequoia Capital in November, the site grew rapidly, and in July 2006 the company announced that more than 65,000 new videos were being uploaded every day, and that the site was receiving 100 million video views per day. The site has 800 million unique users a month and it is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000.
The choice of the name www. youtube. com led to problems for a similarly named website, the sites owner, Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment, filed a lawsuit against YouTube in November 2006 after being regularly overloaded by people looking for YouTube. Universal Tube has since changed the name of its website to www. utubeonline. com, in October 2006, Google Inc. announced that it had acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in Google stock, and the deal was finalized on November 13,2006. In March 2010, YouTube began free streaming of certain content, according to YouTube, this was the first worldwide free online broadcast of a major sporting event. On March 31,2010, the YouTube website launched a new design, with the aim of simplifying the interface, Google product manager Shiva Rajaraman commented, We really felt like we needed to step back and remove the clutter. In May 2010, YouTube videos were watched more than two times per day. This increased to three billion in May 2011, and four billion in January 2012, in February 2017, one billion hours of YouTube was watched every day
Energy in the United States
The United States was the 2nd largest energy consumer in 2010 considering total use. The U. S. ranks seventh in energy consumption per-capita after Canada, not included is the significant amount of energy used overseas in the production of retail and industrial goods consumed in the U. S. The majority of energy is derived from fossil fuels, in 2010, data showed 25% of the nations energy came from petroleum, 22% from coal. Energy consumption has increased at a faster rate than domestic production over the last fifty years in the U. S. This difference is now largely met through imports, according to the Energy Information Administrations statistics, the per-capita energy consumption in the US has been somewhat consistent from the 1970s to today. The average has been 334 million British thermal units per person from 1980 to 2010, in comparison, the world average has increased from 63.7 in 1980 to 75 million BTUs per person in 2008. On the other hand, US off-shoring of manufacturing is sometimes exaggerated, from its founding until the late 18th century, the United States was a largely agrarian country with abundant forests.
During this period, energy consumption overwhelmingly focused on readily available firewood, rapid industrialization of the economy and the growth of railroads led to increased use of coal, and by 1885 it had eclipsed wood as the nations primary energy source. Coal remained dominant for the seven decades, but by 1950. In 2007, coal consumption was the highest it has ever been, natural gas, which is cleaner-burning and more easily transportable, has replaced coal as the preferred source of heating in homes and industrial furnaces. Although total energy use increased by approximately a factor of 50 between 1850 and 2000, energy use per capita increased only by a factor of four. As of 2009, United States per capita energy use had declined to 7075, 12% less than 2000, at the beginning of the 20th century, petroleum was a minor resource used to manufacture lubricants and fuel for kerosene and oil lamps. One hundred years it had become the preeminent energy source for the U. S. and this rise closely paralleled the emergence of the automobile as a major force in American culture and the economy.
Oils unique qualities for transportation fuels in terms of content, cost of production. Mr. Gates endorsed the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. He said that the way to find such disruptive new technology was to pour large sums of money at the problem. The group notes that the government spends less than $5 billion a year on energy research and development. About $30 billion is spent annually on research and more than $80 billion on military R. & D
Solar power in Oregon
Solar power in Oregon has been growing in recent years due to new technological improvements and a variety of regulatory actions and financial incentives enacted by the state government. The Government of Oregon has taken a variety of actions in order to encourage solar energy use, the state has a net metering program that allows for large installations of up to 2 MW of on-site electrical generation. A report released in 2009 by the Network for New Energy Choices and Vote Solar gave the states net metering system an A grade, the state adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard in 2007 which requires that 25% of Oregons electricity come from renewable resources by 2025. The RPS was revised in 2009 to include a separate 20 MW solar photovoltaic requirement by 2020, from the time it was first authorized by voters in 1980, the program has made over 700 loans worth a total of $335 million. The Oregon Legislative Assembly established a feed-in tariff for solar power modeled on feed-in tariffs in Germany, on May 28,2010, the Oregon Public Utility Commission approved the trial feed-in tariff rules.55 to $0.65 per kWh.
Funding will come from a one half of 1% increase in electricity rates. The trial program ends after four years and the projects size is limited to a maximum 25 MW. Program applications are accepted biannually on April 1 and October 1, the final year of the pilot program is 2013. The inexpensive hydroelectric power has contributed to the manufacturing companies located in the states Silicon Forest as well as several data centers such as Googles Project 02. Oregon was one of the three states to manufacture more than 100 MW of solar panels during 2009. SolarWorlds plant in Hillsboro, Oregon is the largest solar cell manufacturing factory in North America and is planned to produce 500 MW of panels annually by 2012. Solar companies with operations in Oregon include SolarWorld, Sanyo, PV Powered/Advanced Energy, PV Trackers, Oregon Crystal, Grape Solar, Solaicx, in 2002 Oregon became the first state to install solar panels on its state capitol building. The solar panels were installed on the Oregon State Capitol building, in 2008, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced the completion of a 104 kW solar panel project along the interchange of Interstate 5 and I-205 near Tualatin, Oregon.
The project is the first solar highway in Oregon and the first in the United States, a 165 kW expansion to the first project is under study, as is a potential third solar highway project with a capacity of 3 megawatts at ODOTs maintenance storage facility in West Linn. The 3 megawatt project in West Linn, Oregon would be the largest solar highway in the world, Oregon is one of the 25 cities in the United States Department of Energys Solar America Cities program. The programs goal is to increase the use and integration of solar energy in communities across the country
Solar power in Connecticut
Solar power in Connecticut makes Connecticut the second state in the USA to reach grid parity, after Hawaii, due to the high average cost of electricity. Installing solar panels for a home provides an estimated 15. 6% return on investment. CT Solar Lease was a program to install solar panels at no upfront cost, rECs have been selling for from $18 to $24 each. Applications ended on August 19,2011, connecticuts renewable portfolio standard requires 7% of power in the state will be from renewable resources by 2010, and 23% by 2020. A bill passed in 2011 requires incentives that will produce at least 30 MW of new residential PV installed by the end of 2022. Net metering is available for all up to 2 MW sites, and is reconciled annually at either the avoided cost or the time of use/generation rate, which is higher but requires time of use metering. The average insolation in Connecticut is about 4 sun hours per day, Connecticut electricity consumption in 2005 was 33,095 million kWh. Renewable energy Solar power CT Clean Energy Solar Install Map
Solar power in New Jersey
Solar power in New Jersey has been aided by a Renewable Portfolio Standard which requires that 22. Best practices recommend limiting net metering only to the size of the service entrance capacity. New Jersey is second in the nation in the number of homes and businesses which have solar panels installed. As of May 31,2013,22,014 solar photovoltaic systems have been installed, totaling over 1,078 MW. New Jersey is the second largest solar state in the U. S. with 306.1 megawatts of installed power in 2011. In 2010, New Jersey became the state, after California. Many of the homes and businesses which have installed solar panels can be monitored online on the internet, prominent solar contractors in New Jersey include, 1st Light Energy, Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. Trinity Solar, GeoPeak Energy and Amberjack Solar, New Jersey is one of five states to receive an A in a comparison of the 38 states plus Washington D. C. which have net metering. New Jersey and Colorado were the two states to allow unlimited net metering customers, up to 2 megawatts for each customer.
In 2010 the limit was removed, and in 2012 connection may be to a 69 kV or lower line voltage, the former New Jersey Clean Energy Program rebates on PV equipment have been discontinued. It applies to a taxpayers principal and/or second residences, but not to a property that is rented out. There is no cap on the credit, and the credit can be applied toward the Alternative Minimum Tax. NJ law provides new solar installations with exemptions from the 7% state sales tax. New Jerseys renewable portfolio standard is one of the most aggressive in the United States and requires each electricity supplier/provider to provide 22. 5% from renewable sources by 2021. In addition,2. 12% must come from solar electricity, by the end of February 2016,1,604,180.7 kW of solar had been installed and an additional 392,809.9 kW was planned. In 2004, New Jersey adopted a program promoting the use of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates to meet the solar energy carve-out of the state RPS. In the 2011 Energy Year,306,000 SRECs must be purchased by electricity suppliers in the state in order to meet the state solar requirement and that requirement grows to over 5 million in 2026.
An SREC program is an alternative to the feed-in tariff model popular in Europe, the key difference between the two models is the market-based mechanism that drives the value of the SRECs, and therefore the value of the subsidy for solar
Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
Solar power in Arizona
Solar power in Arizona has the potential to, according to then-Governor Janet Napolitano, make Arizona the Persian Gulf of solar energy. In 2012, Arizona had 1,106 MW of photovoltaic power systems. The Solana Generating Station is a 280 MW parabolic trough solar plant which is the largest plant of its type in the world, Solana includes 6 hours of power storage by molten salt. The plant will provide 5% of the power from Arizona Public Service, the first commercial solar power system in the state is the 199795 kilowatt single-axis tracking photovoltaic plant in Flagstaff, operated by Arizona Public Service. In 1999, the city of Scottsdale covered an 8,500 square feet parking lot with photovoltaic panels, in 2001 APS and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University constructed a 190 kW single-axis tracking photovoltaic power plant. In 2001, the Springerville Generating Station Solar System was built by Tucson Electric Power, originally 4.6 MW, it has been expanded to 6.4 MW. In 2002, Love Field Airport, in Prescott, Arizona, by July 2006, it had a peak capacity of 2.879 MWAC.
The 280 MW Solano Generating Station is under construction, in 2008 Governor Janet Napolitano said that Arizona had the potential to become the Persian Gulf of solar energy. By the end of 2011, Arizona had installed 383 MW of photovoltaics, in place, behind New Jersey. By July over 200 MW had been completed, making it the largest photovoltaic plant in the world. By September 2012,250 MW had been completed, in January 2013,150 MW of the 700 MW Mesquite Solar project photovoltaic power plant was completed. The Solana Generating Station completed testing in October 2013, the 280 MW parabolic trough solar plant is the largest plant of its type in the world. Solana includes 6 hours of storage by molten salt. The plant will provide 5% of the power for Arizona Public Service, Arizona has had one of the most successful solar incentive programs in the United States. However, as of February,2013, the Arizona Corporation Commission has completely eliminated commercial incentives and has reduced the amount of residential incentives available.
Still, some of the countrys largest solar providers continue to do business in the state, including the largest solar contractor in the US, Arizona has two community solar farms. Tucson Electric Power has a 1.6 MW community solar farm southeast of Tucson, consumers can purchase 150 kWh for about $3/month. As of October 16,2008, Arizona has one of the most consumer-friendly net metering laws in the country, excess generation is rolled over month to month, and any surplus is returned annually to the consumer at the avoided cost rate
Solar power in Massachusetts
For systems installed after December 31,2011, and before December 31,2016, the 30% tax grant becomes a 30% tax credit. There has been an appeal to the Congress to extend the 1603 program, net metering is available with no aggregate limit for systems less than 10 kW, or three phase connected systems less than 25 kW. Larger systems are limited to 3% of total peak load, approximately 40 municipalities are exempt from net metering. Of these, most choose not to offer it, the first solar park in the country is the 100 kW array installed in 1981 at Beverly High School. The largest campus to have a program is Harvards 555 kW array. New Englands largest privately owned solar array is the 4.5 MW Westford Solar Park, almost every town and city in Massachusetts has a solar installation within its boundaries. The town of Harvard, Massachusetts has the most solar installations with 75 planned, holyoke is home to two arrays which total 4.5 MW which were completed on December 20,2011. A1.8 MW solar farm in Pittsfield was completed in 2010, a 5.75 MW solar park in Canton was completed in 2012.
Two 6 MW solar parks are being built, one in Berkley, as of August 2012, a total of 129 MW has been installed in the state. State officials had set a target of installing 250 MW of solar PV statewide by 2017, the average insolation in Massachusetts is about 4 sun hours per day, and ranges from less than 2 in the winter to over 5 in the summer. Massachusetts electricity consumption in 2010 was 57,123 million kWh, the state is a net importer of electricity, having only generated 42,805 million kWh. In 2016, the net metering limits were reached in all utility areas, on Monday, April 11,2016 Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed a bill increasing net metering cap limits by three percent and reducing the value of net metering credits paid. Renewable energy Solar power Incentives and policies Renew Boston Solar Map Cambridge Solar Map by Mapdwell Boston Solar Map by Mapdwell 2012 Solar Installer Awards
San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural and financial center of Northern California. It is the birthplace of the United Nations, the California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. San Francisco became a consolidated city-county in 1856, after three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. In World War II, San Francisco was a port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater. Politically, the city votes strongly along liberal Democratic Party lines, San Francisco is the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. Dolby, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pinterest, Uber, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation, as of 2016, San Francisco is ranked high on world liveability rankings.
The earliest archaeological evidence of habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates to 3000 BC. Upon independence from Spain in 1821, the became part of Mexico. Under Mexican rule, the system gradually ended, and its lands became privatized. In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, together with Alcalde Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, and the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7,1846, during the Mexican–American War, montgomery arrived to claim Yerba Buena two days later. Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco on January 30 of the next year, despite its attractive location as a port and naval base, San Francisco was still a small settlement with inhospitable geography. The California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers, with their sourdough bread in tow, prospectors accumulated in San Francisco over rival Benicia, raising the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849.
The promise of fabulous riches was so strong that crews on arriving vessels deserted and rushed off to the gold fields, leaving behind a forest of masts in San Francisco harbor. Some of these approximately 500 abandoned ships were used at times as storeships and hotels, many were left to rot, by 1851 the harbor was extended out into the bay by wharves while buildings were erected on piles among the ships. By 1870 Yerba Buena Cove had been filled to create new land, buried ships are occasionally exposed when foundations are dug for new buildings. California was quickly granted statehood in 1850 and the U. S. military built Fort Point at the Golden Gate, silver discoveries, including the Comstock Lode in Nevada in 1859, further drove rapid population growth. With hordes of fortune seekers streaming through the city, lawlessness was common, and the Barbary Coast section of town gained notoriety as a haven for criminals, entrepreneurs sought to capitalize on the wealth generated by the Gold Rush
Solar power in Michigan
Although among the lowest U. S. states for solar irradiance, Michigan mostly lies farther south than Germany where solar power is heavily deployed. Michigan is expected to use 120 TWh per year in 2030, to reach a 100% solar electrical grid would require 2. 4% of Michigans land area to host 108 GW of installed capacity. According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, the state had an estimated 27 MW of solar capacity as of the end of 2014, in July 2012, Michigans largest rooftop array,977.6 kW, was installed in Canton on the IKEA store. Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy built the largest solar plant in the state, in 2015, DTE built a 1.1 MW solar farm at Dominos Farms near Ann Arbor, slightly larger than the Ford carport. The IKEA store announced an expansion of its existing array in 2015 to bring it to 1.2 MW, a 1.95 MW solar farm at DTEs Greenwood Energy Center near St. Clair came online in January 2016. Indiana Michigan Power, in November 2016, opened a 4.6 MW solar farm near Watervliet, a 1.4 MW solar farm is planned by American Municipal Power at a brownfield site in Coldwater and expected to be online in 2016.
In late 2015, DTE began construction on two farms in Lapeer County, a 30 MW farm and a 15 MW solar farm with completion expected in 2016. These would be the first large solar farms in the state, with the larger covering 200 acres of land. In March 2016, DTE got approval for a 2MW solar farm to be built in a park in Detroit. Fort Custer began construction in May 2015 of a 0.25 MW solar farm with plans for a second 0.3 MW farm and this is part of the U. S. militarys renewable energy goals of 25% renewables by 2025. Camp Grayling has a small 0.02 MW installation on one building roof while Selfridge Air National Guard Base had no power by 2014. The Lansing Board of Water and Light is planning a 20 MW project that would almost double the amount of power in the state. In September 2015, Michigan State University approved solar car ports that would cover 5 parking lots and have a total of 15 MW of power, in 2015, several community solar projects were proposed. Consumers Power built a 3 MW solar farm at Grand Valley State University, completed April 2016, Consumers Power built a 1 MW community solar project at Western Michigan University, completed in August 2016.
Spartan Solar, a 1.2 MW installation in Cadillac, was built by Wolverine Power Cooperative in fall 2016, two 0.3 MW community solar farms are proposed by Lansing BWL, one in East Lansing and one in Lansing. DTE Energy has issued proposals for community solar farms that could reach 50 MW, distributed solar is not widely used in Michigan with 2,289 installations totally 17,000 kW, providing 0. 02% of the states electricity, as of 2015. Michigan was ranked 14th among U. S. states for jobs in 2013. In 2002, Stanford R. Ovshinsky built a factory in Auburn Hills, Uni-Solar became the second largest manufacturer of thin film solar cells, after First Solar, and a developer of solar shingles before going bankrupt in 2012
Solar power in Florida
Solar power in Florida has been increasing, as the cost of solar power systems using photovoltaics has decreased in recent years. In 2006, the State of Florida enacted the Florida Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act, the program was closed in 2010. Later, the Florida Public Service Commission mandated that the large utilities offer individual solar rebates. The program opened in 2011 and was closed in 2015 after the Commission deemed it to not be cost-effective for non-solar customers and it applies to a taxpayers principal and/or second residences, but not to a property that is rented out. There is no cap on the credit, and the credit can be applied toward the Alternative Minimum Tax. In 2009, Florida Power & Light built the states first solar power plant, at the time, the 25-MW plant was the largest of its kind. In 2010, FPL built the worlds first hybrid solar-natural gas energy center, Florida has low electricity costs compared with other states, which makes individual solar investment less attractive.
Florida ranks ninth nationally in solar resource strength according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the states largest solar plant is the 75 MW FPL Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, in Martin County operated by Florida Power and Light. It was the worlds first hybrid solar-natural gas energy center and is a solar power plant using solar thermal instead of photovoltaic technology. As of 2017, no additional CSP plants are under development in Florida, the states largest photovoltaic plant is the 25 MW DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, operated by Florida Power and Light, completed in 2009. Florida Power and Light operates the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, the 100 MW Sorrento Solar Farm was expected to become Floridas largest photovoltaic solar farm with 40 MW of photovoltaic capacity already under construction in Lake County. However the company Blue Chip Energy became insolvent and the equipment, Florida Power and Light announced in October 2014 that it would build three more power plants by the end of 2016.
The three plants together would generate 225 MW, approximately the same as the solar power installed in the entire state. Tampa Electric Company is building a 2 MW farm at the Tampa International Airport, gulf Power Company and the U. S. In March 2015 a 10MW solar farm was proposed for Tallahassee, in April 2015, Duke Energy Florida proposed to build 500MW of solar in the next ten years. Duke Energy is building a 20-acre solar farm in the shape of Mickey Mouses head, the 5MW farm will sell power to Walt Disney World. Completion is expected in late 2015, developers in Florida have announced the addition of solar panels on all new homes in several subdivisions. In 2013, it was discovered that Blue Chip Energy was selling fraudulent solar panels to hundreds of consumers throughout Florida, most of the potential is from photovoltaics, which provides no storage