June 2002 - The Florida Solar Energy Center reports that the City of New Smyrna Beach will dedicate a new 4.8-kW photovoltaic (PV) system at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Golf Facility on July 11. Under the city's SunSmart program, the project output will be available for purchase by residential and commercial customers in blocks of 10 kWh, 25 kWh, and 50 kWh for an additional monthly payment of $2, $5 and $10, respectively, which is equivalent to an electricity price premium of 20¢/kWh. Participating customers will also receive citywide recognition for their support of the program.
News Release - Florida Solar Energy Center Helps New Smyrna Beach Launch Green Power Program
FSEC Contact: Jennifer Szaro (321) 638-1427
August 1999 - The New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission recently launched a green pricing contribution program to fund local renewable energy projects. The municipal utility's 20,000 customers can now donate $5 or $10 per month to support the installation of solar electric systems on area schools. A 4-kW photovoltaics (PV) system (to be paid for with future contributions) was installed on a local elementary school. The city has set a goal of installing 150 kW of PV over the next 4 years through the green pricing program and other solar energy programs. The utility has also initiated a buy-down program that enables customers to purchase rooftop PV systems for $2/watt. The Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation (LEAF), which is working with Florida's utilities to increase energy efficiency and the use of solar energy, has labeled New Smyrna Beach "Florida's Premier Solar City."
News Release - "Florida's Premier Solar City" installs first of many solar energy systems
New Smyrna Contact: Tim Beyrle (904) 427-1361
LEAF Contact: Gail Kamaras (850) 681-2591