Clean Energy and Transportation in Florida
Making Florida Number One in Solar Energy and Electric Car Initiatives.
The League of Women Voters of Florida supports the position for ethanol fuel and biodiesel distribution and required state buildings to meet certain requirements regarding energy efficiency. We support state legislation for energy conservation and greater use of renewable sources such as solar energy.
In 2016, The League of Women Voters of Florida entered the renewable energy debate with vigor and a three-prong approach.
- Support legislative advocacy for pro-solar amendments.
- Support a new partnership with Community Power Network based in Washington DC to initiative a grassroots push for rooftop solar using public information meetings and a free-market approach to drive down the cost of solar.
- A push at the local level to encourage local governments to commit to 100 percent renewable energy at a future date, and thus to motivate action plans for cleaner transportation and more renewable clean energy, specifically solar.
Our partnership with Solar United Neighbors of Florida has launched over 50 solar co-ops around Florida. In 2017 alone these solar co-ops accounted for 10% of the new residential solar in Florida! Each of these solar co-ops helps “Main Street Floridians” save tons of money by harnessing the power of the sun. Following this work, Florida reported a 110% increase in new residential solar permits for 2016.
Get Involved by Starting a Community Solar Co-Op!
Be the catalyst to start a community solar co-op. In the last three years, the League has helped start 50 co-ops around the state resulting in $31Million+ dollars of solar on Florida rooftops. Will you help get one started in your county? Call Mary, our solar expert at 407 340-9680. The League partners with Solar United Neighbors of Florida. This nonprofit program helps communities learn about and affordably participate in solar via volume purchasing and competitive bidding to achieve major discounts. To find out more, go to SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Florida.
Electric Vehicle and Clean Energy Transit:
Working to address the fact that transportation now accounts for more climate-warming carbon than power plants, The League has launched the NextCarPledge.org. This campaign is designed to speed up the transition to cleaner, quieter and cheaper transportation, in partnership with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).
Get Involved by supporting Electric Vehicle Initiatives!
Start an Electric Vehicle Committee to issue a report card on your county and keep the pressure on for more charging stations. Help to send letters to your local paper about how electric cars save money and improve our community health. Encourage your friends and family to pledge to check out electric cars: NextCarPledge.org. This campaign is designed to speed up the transition to cleaner, quieter and cheaper transportation, in partnership with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).
Questions? Call Maxine: 413-539-3256
Co-Chair’s for Solar: Deirdre Macnab and Mary Dipboye
Co-Chairs for Electric Vehicle and Clean Energy Transit expansion: Deirdre Macnab and Maxine Connor
Join the LWVFL Clean Energy Action Team! You must be a member of the League of Women Voters of Florida or one of our Local Chapters to participate, please become a member HERE.