After glancing over the distribution of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the U.S., we can see an overwhelming trend: the Southeast.
With a majority of states creating RPSs to incorporate renewable energy into their utility mix, we would assume these states would jump on the bandwagon, especially with their potential for renewable energy. When assessing a list of rooftop solar potential in the U.S., two Southeastern states appear in the Top 10, with Florida coming in at number three (49,000 MW). However, the state doesn’t even make it in the Top 10 for the amount of solar capacity installed. The good news: Florida residents want this to change.
A 2012 study by the Florida Renewable Energy Association, shows that 69% of Florida voters support not just a voluntary goal, but a mandatory standard for the state. Along with these numbers, 3 out of 4 Americans believe that the U.S. should pursue more solar energy throughout the country. If Florida can leverage this support into action, they could become the perfect example for other Southeastern states to follow, especially considering Georgia also ranks among the Top 10 states for solar potential.
Perhaps incorporating an RPS into their state legislation could propel Florida to live up to its nickname, “The Sunshine State”. In the meantime, there are other options to help Florida shine a bit brighter. Mosaic is currently funding a solar project at the University of Florida; lets show state officials that this is something Florida is ready for.