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What Happens With Solar Panels When It’s Cloudy?

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In a now-famous video among solar energy industry colleagues, the Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission suggested the The Sunshine State is just a license plate slogan. Solar energy opponents have included Florida’s often cloudy weather in talking points that express doubt about the viability of solar energy in Florida. In fact, Florida Power & Light’s parent company, NextERA …

Reports of Unfair Early FPL Solar Rebate Applications

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Note: See updates in Comments below. The last round of the FPL Solar Rebate Program was supposed to begin taking applications at 8:30 am ET today on FPL’s website. There are reports rolling in of applications being started (and possibly even completed) prior to the start time. Several applicants reported that the Apply button showed up as early as 8:23 …

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Visualizing a Solar Pool Heating System on Your Roof

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It is extremely beneficial to show prospective buyers of solar pool heating systems what the panels will look like on their home. Whether it’s concern about a homeowner’s association, the neighbor’s view, how the system will look from the golf course, or just general aesthetic concern, putting solar pool heating panels into perspective (pun intended) serves an important purpose in …

Florida Solar Design Group is Open for Business

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Florida Solar Design Group opened it’s doors in Fort Myers, FL on January 2 to provide solar consulting, design, and sales. We are excited to show our unique approach to solar education and provide a great customer experience for those who decide to move forward with a solar energy system installation. We offer solar electricity systems, solar pool heaters, solar …

Don’t Buy the Wrong Variable Speed Pool Pump

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You may have heard about the fantastic energy savings that can be realized with a variable speed pool pump (aka Variable Frequency Drive or VFD pumps). It’s true that these pumps can save a ton of money. Even running at the same flow rate, variable speed pumps are inherently more efficient than the single speed variety. When used at a …

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Photovoltaic Systems Can Fit Any Roof

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Sometimes it’s a challenge to fit a photovoltaic (solar electric) system on a roof, but with careful planning, most any roof can accommodate at least some solar panels. This roof (which happens to be mine) was a bit challenging because I have a unique dining room that juts out from the south roof onto the pool deck. The system was …

Practice What You Preach – My Solar Energy Home

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Last year I finally installed a grid-interactive solar energy system on my own home, and I couldn’t be more proud. Of course, it was expertly installed (by me), and it looks and performs great. I have learned so much about living with grid-interactive solar energy – more than I could have imagined. It is, as I knew, a seamless experience. …

Solar Energy Consulting, Design, and Sales Agency Opens January 1, 2015 in Fort Myers, FL

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Note: The information contained on this page is outdated. Florida Solar Design Group no longer represents Fafco Solar. Southwest Florida has a new player in the solar energy industry. Florida Solar Design Group (FSDG) offers solar energy consulting, design, and sales serving Florida alternative energy seekers. FSDG will be serving as a sales agency for Fafco Solar, a solar contractor …

Florida Solar Design Group Becomes Authorized Sales Agent for Southwest Florida Solar Leader

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Note: The information contained on this page is outdated. Florida Solar Design Group no longer represents Fafco Solar. Florida Solar Design Group (FSDG), the newest player in the Southwest Florida solar market, has entered into a Sales Agency Agreement with Fafco Solar, a Florida State Certified Solar Contractor (CVC56701) serving the area for over 40 years. FSDG will be providing …