Progress Energy Florida, which provides electricity and related services to nearly 1.7 million customers, announced a new program designed to help install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on schools throughout the utility's service territory. Customers can take part in SolarWise for Schools if they are enrolled in the company's energy management program, EnergyWise, which enables the utility to temporarily cycle off power to select electrical equipment — such as central heating and air units, water heaters, and pool pumps — during periods of peak electricity demand. In exchange, customers receive monthly credits on their electric bill that can total more than $145 annually. Customers have the option to keep these credits or automatically contribute these monthly savings toward SolarWise for Schools. Currently, there are 350,000 customers enrolled in EnergyWise.
Progress Energy has already partnered with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Solar Energy Center to install PV systems at 11 schools throughout the company's service area. The new SolarWise for Schools program will accelerate the rate at which new PV systems can be installed at schools and provide students and teachers with an interactive teaching tool. The schools receive the benefit of the solar power that is generated on-site.
News Release - Progress Energy Florida expands its solar energy programs