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The Green Cove Springs City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce the amount it reimburses rooftop solar customers for excess power.

Rooftop solar panels on top of Grayson Jones' Green Cove Springs home.
Grayson Jones

Grayson Jones grew up in Green Cove Springs.

He installed rooftop solar panels on his childhood home back in September to lower his energy costs. He officially closed on the home last week. But after a few months, he noticed his bills were actually higher. So, he gave the city a call to find out what was going on.

Rooftop solar panels
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Solar United Neighborhoods, the League of Women Voters of Florida and Earthjustice have together filed a motion for summary judgement regarding their lawsuit against Jacksonville’s municipal utility, JEA, and its decision to rollback a nearly decade-old net metering program.

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A solar panel manufacturing plant, Jinko Solar, officially opens in Jacksonville Tuesday. The Chinese company behind it promises to create 200 jobs on the city's Westside.

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Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable with guests Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:10).       

We met South African ophthalmologist Dr. Bayanda Mbambisa who is in Jacksonville as part of the Rotary Club’s Mike Williams Visionary Scholars program. Bill Sorenson also joined us. He’s co-chair of the committee (35:54).       

Ahead of Saturday’s annual ArborEATUM fundraiser for the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens we were joined by Board of Directors President Lawrence Geirum and board member Melinda Simmons (46:00).   

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A solar power amendment Florida voters passed last month will likely cost the city of Jacksonville a hefty chunk of property tax revenue.  

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Primary-election voters Tuesday approved the expansion of a renewable-energy tax break that backers say will help businesses and spark the expanded use of solar energy in Florida.