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Celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity

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International Day for Biological Diversity is not celebrated as widely or covered as much in the media as Earth Day. That might be because many people ask, what is biodiversity? And why should we care? Isn’t that what Earth Day is for?

Biodiversity is the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem. Basically, all different kinds of life that are living in one area. The variety of animals, plants, fungi and tiny microorganisms we can't even see, like bacteria, are all part of what makes up our world. 

Each species is imperative to create homeostasis in our ecosystem. Meaning, a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

Biodiversity of ecosystems provides us with fundamental needs like food, clean, water, medicine and shelter. Ecosystems weakened by the loss of biodiversity are less likely to deliver those services. Not only does biodiversity provide us key tools for living, but it can also boost the economy. 

The loss of biodiversity is largely attributed to deforestation and our ever-growing human population. The lack of biodiversified land is accelerating the global climate crisis because we are also creating irreversible damage by continuing to use fossil fuels and natural gas instead of reliable renewable alternatives. 

At least 40 percent of the world’s economy and 80 percent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. Altogether, the food, commercial forestry and ecotourism industries could lose $338 billion per year if the loss of biodiversity continues at its current pace. 

Our planet’s cries for help have escalated to temper tantrums from Mother Nature. Floridian’s can attest to the increasing frequency and veracity of hurricanes and tropical storms year after year. 

How much do you know about deforestation and biodiversity?

Click here to take the Earth Day Quiz

So, are you willing to take the first step to help save our home? 

If you could help positively impact the global climate crisis without compromising your quality of life, putting in additional effort or spending more money, would you? 

Unless you can confidently tell your grandchildren, you were part of the problem, not the solution - your answer is likely YES

Now Floridians have the ability to choose how their homes and commercial properties are powered, which means there is an affordable and reliable solar energy alternative available. 

So what’s the downside? Nothing. No seriously, there aren’t any negatives here. 

Switching to solar helps…

  • Solve the global climate crises
  • Helps preserve our biodiverse ecosystem
  • Save money
  • Increase property value 4.6% 

We’re encouraging our residents to consider giving our home the tools it needs to thrive. Because if you’re not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. 

Take the first step in saving our home and learn more about the seamless switch to solar energy. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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