Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Florida Power & Light Pulls Plug on Canopy

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Florida Power & Light Pulls Plug on Canopy

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VENICE COMMUNITY CENTER

VENICE --Florida Power & Light is taking its Solar Now canopy to a community that wants it, rather than move it to a different spot in the Venice Community Center parking lot.

The canopy was built in the wrong place -- 30 feet to the south of where it should be - and residents objected. On Tuesday, the Venice City Council voted against amending FPL's lease to include the portion of the parking lot where it was built.

That left FPL no choice but to take it down.

"We are very disappointed that we were just a few feet off and the City Council turned its back on this project and solar energy," FPL spokeswoman Alys Daly wrote in an email. "We will respect the council's orders and work out a schedule to remove the structure and relocate it outside the city of Venice.

"While we aren't ready to announce a new location, we are already working with other communities on the west coast that are excited about solar and our plans to invest a quarter of a million dollars in solar energy in their community," she concluded. …

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