Future not so bright for solar in Florida schools legislation

State lawmakers are considering legislation this spring that would make it much easier for school districts to utilize solar energy, although advocates for alternative energy are likely to be disappointed by the outcome.

Two bills, filed by Sen. Lori Berman, D-Boynton Beach, and Rep. Omari Hardy, D-Lake Worth Beach, would allow school districts to negotiate “Power Purchase Agreements” with renewable energy providers. Under such an agreement, the energy provider covers the initial costs of installation and agrees to sell the customer the energy.

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