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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Utility Companies push to change laws on solar net metering

If you’ve noticed a neighbor with solar panels, you may have wondered: What happens if you generate more solar power than you can use? In the sunny Sunshine State, it’s a valid question. If you’re on the grid, what happens is something called net metering. The excess energy goes back into the system to be used by anyone, and your meter, essentially, runs backward — your utility bill is credited for the power you contributed. Solar users appreciate the system, which allows them to stay on the municipal grid while using a clean power source, and even homeowners not using solar benefit — simply because less coal and gas is being burned, both of which contribute to climate warming. But …
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Intersection: Solar Energy & Hurricanes

During power outages after large storms and hurricanes, how helpful is it to have solar panels? Journalist Lyndsey Gilpin says Hurricanes Irma and Maria put the spotlight on the role of solar in the electric grid. And we revisit a conversation with Orlando solar co-op founder Michael Cohen.
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