At a ceremony held in Tallahassee on March 31, 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist received the 2009 Golden Meter Award for his leadership in creating policies that foster a strong solar energy market. The Award was presented by The Network for New Energy Choices, The Solar Alliance, The Vote Solar Initiative, The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. and The Florida Solar Energy Industries Association.
Net metering, which allows homeowners and small business owners who install solar or wind renewable energy systems to connect to the grid and receive credit for the electricity they produce, is one of the most effective tools that states can implement to promote small scale solar installations. Under the leadership of Governor Crist, in 2008, Florida implemented a world-class net metering program that expanded the size of eligible systems from 10-kilowatts (kW) to 2-megawatts (MW). The new net metering rules will play a critical part in accelerating solar market growth and green job opportunities in Florida.
Past Golden Meter Award recipients include the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. For more information about net metering progress nationwide, read the Network for New Energy Choices report, Freeing the Grid: Best and Worst Practices in State Net Metering Policies and Interconnection Standards.
March 31, 2009