Advocates tell Florida to go green

Advocates are urging state lawmakers to embrace policies that expand solar activity in order to increase government revenue.

The Florida House recently backed a bill that uses tax breaks and loans to provide an incentive for the use of renewable energy; a similar measure heads to the state Senate this week.

A study by solar company Global Energy United concluded the state could add billions of dollars to government coffers by passing this legislation. The study showed renewable energy measure could help Florida diversify its economy away from real estate and tourism.

States with similar clean energy measures have realized more than $280 million in private investments.

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