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FPL Customers Could Pitch In Money For Solar

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Miami, UNITED STATES: Part of the power grid of Florida Power and Light at a distribution center 08 November 2006, in Miami, Florida. Florida Power and Light Company's power line grid delivers electricity to approximately 8 million people in Florida. AFP PHOTO/Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Miami, UNITED STATES: Part of the power grid of Florida Power and Light at a distribution center 08 November 2006, in Miami, Florida. Florida Power and Light Company’s power line grid delivers electricity to approximately 8 million people in Florida. AFP PHOTO/Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/ NSF) — Florida Power and Light customers may soon be able to contribute money to help the company pay for solar-energy projects.

Next week state regulators next will consider a proposal that would allow each customer to give $9.00.

The money would go toward FPL building and operating “relatively small solar generating facilities,” with the size of the projects determined by the amounts of contributions received, according to a Florida Public Service Commission staff analysis that recommends approval of the three-year pilot program.

The analysis said FPL plans to start building solar projects in January 2015 before receiving contributions, including projects in metropolitan areas. “FPL states that to the extent possible the solar projects will be located in high visibility areas to further educate customers about and promote solar energy in Florida,” the analysis said.

Up to 20 percent of the money collected could go to marketing and administrative costs.

The Public Service Commission is scheduled to consider the proposal during an Aug. 12th meeting.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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