Questions rise about cost of solar in the Sunshine State

Of all the ways to reduce global warming, harnessing the power of the sun would seem easiest in Florida. After all, sunlight is clean, free, and plentiful in the Sunshine State.

But, like most things when it comes to energy, reality is not nearly so simple. Florida gets much less direct sunlight than some other places. What's more, solar can be considerably more expensive than other forms of energy, experts say.

That means that Florida Power & Light customers, already facing increases for fuel surcharges and new nuclear plants, will get yet another hit when solar costs are added.

Backers of solar power insist that costs would drop quickly over time if solar gets support from utilities and politicians. But those who study energy economics are skeptical.

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