By Wide Margin, Voters Add Tax Break to Florida State Constitution

image As reported in the Miami Herald by Steve Bousquet on August 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – The runaway winner in Tuesday’s primary election was at the end of the ballot, as voters in Florida overwhelmingly approved a tax break to encourage businesses to go solar.

The amendment, which will become part of the Florida Constitution, exempts solar and other renewable energy devices on business and industrial property from property taxes for 20 years. The same tax break already exists for residential property owners. (more…)

Eagle Solar & Light turning City sun into clean energy

image As featured in Iron City Ink, July 28, 2016 -by Sam Chandler

Prior to last November, Samuel Yates said the Birmingham metro area did not have a company devoted to solar energy power systems.

The Mountain Brook resident has since helped start two of them.

In November, Yates said he co-founded Vulcan Solar Power as the first business of its kind in the area. But after a benevolent split with his founding partner in late March, he said he decided to launch his own. On April 1, Eagle Solar & Light came to life.

Located at 4005 Second Ave. S. in Avondale, Eagle Solar & Light specializes in the design, installation and service of solar energy systems for both residential and commercial use, Yates said.

Essentially, Yates and his team provide a start-to-finish turnkey service that can switch a building to at least partial reliance on solar power. This is typically accomplished by outfitting the roof with a grid of rectangular solar modules, which convert sunlight into a usable form of energy. (more…)