State solar czar on renewable energy - Part 2

07/20/07 Mitch E. Perry
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At Gov. Charlie Crist’s Climate Change Summit last week, James Fenton, the Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center, said a monthly charge of $1.50 on a utility bill could raise more than $200-million a year to invest in a panel installation program.

This is the second part of our interview with the man responsible for making solar power a much more important part of Florida's energy portfolio.

WMNF asked Fenton if he agreed with some analysts who say that solar power will never become anything other than a ‘niche’ source of energy until homebuilders begin incorporating such features in new homes.

Last week, Gov. Crist vowed to make the state to get its utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from the sun and other renewable resources; but that plan stillmust get support from the Florida Legislature. We’ll hear more from James Fenton next week.

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