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Florida Solar Energy Center Conducts Research and Development; Legislature Could Direct Fee Increases and Drop Certification Requirement, Report No. 09-17, March 2009
 
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  • The Florida Solar Energy Center is a research institute of the University of Central Florida that conducts research on solar and other alternative energy technologies; provides continuing education programs for teachers, students, and industry; and certifies the performance of solar energy systems manufactured or sold in the state. The center also certifies solar energy systems for manufacturers throughout the nation through a contract with the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation, a private nonprofit industry organization funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the industry to develop national standards for solar thermal systems.
  • The center has a two-year backlog in testing and certifying solar systems, which adversely affects both manufacturers and citizens. The center’s current testing and certification fees also recover only 30% of its costs, thus requiring a state subsidy of $256,255. The Legislature could direct the center to charge sufficient fees to eliminate the backlog and state subsidy; alternatively, the Legislature could eliminate the state certification requirement.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Board of Governors
University Faculty Research
State University System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-19 The Florida Solar Energy Center Eliminated the Backlog for Testing and Certification and Reduced its Reliance on State Funds,published in September 2011.
  • Report No. 10-41 Increased Accountability and Oversight of University Centers and Institutes Is Needed,published in May 2010.
  • Report No. 07-36 Supplemental Report: Profiles of Selected University Centers and Institutes,published in August 2007.
  • Report No. 07-35 University Centers and Institutes Report Many Benefits; the Oversight Process Needs to Be Strengthened,published in August 2007.

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