Florida Matters: Solar Power In The Sunshine State

Florida Matters: Solar Power In The Sunshine State
Florida Matters: Solar Power In The Sunshine State

This is the Sunshine State, so doesn’t solar power make sense? Then why does it only make up a tiny fraction of Florida’s electricity output? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and prognosis of solar energy in the state.

A new report says Florida is leading the nation in solar permits for homes. We explore why residential solar is becoming more popular and look at two new co-ops being formed in the Tampa Bay area to take advantage of the power of group buying.

We also learn more about how solar power actually works and discuss some of the hurdles solar technology faces – from policy to the physics of energy storage – that could explain why it still only makes up about 0.36 percent of the state’s electricity despite its expansion.

Our guests include:

Ralph Fehr, Ph.D: power systems expert and electrical engineering instructor at the University of South Florida.
Susan Glickman: Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
Rick Garrity, Ph.D: former Director of the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, and current chair of the Hillsborough League of Women Voters Natural Resource Committee.

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Original Broadcast Date: 
11/16/17

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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