The first part of this legislation establishes Inland Navigation Districts, which are authorized to plan for and manage the development of inland waterways, and to maintain public navigation channels within the state. Districts may also elect to implement and administer other programs and regulations pertaining to navigation and waterway development and conservation, and may restrict certain kinds of development on or adjacent to the waterway.
The High Impact Performance Incentive Grant (HIPI) is a negotiated grant used to attract and grow major high impact facilities in Florida. Grants are provided to pre-approved applicants in certain high-impact sectors such as clean energy. Projects must create at least 50 new full-time jobs in a three-year period, and make a cumulative investment in the state of at least $50 million in a three year period. The business can be granted 50% of the eligible grant upon commencement of operations.
'''''This program reopened on October 3, 2011 for 2012 applications. Funding is limited and must be reserved through online application before the installation of qualifying solar water heating systems. See Gulf Power's [http://www.gulfpower.com/renewable/solarThermal.asp Solar Water Heating] web site for more information.'''''
Gulf Power, owned by Southern Company, offers programs to make customers' homes more energy efficient through do-it-yourself or professionally installed efficiency measures. First, the utility conducts a free analysis of the home's energy efficiency and identifies ways to use less energy and save money. Contact the utility for assistance with online or at-home check-ups. For those building a new home, Gulf Power provides a free pre-construction analysis that includes heating and cooling system sizing and building envelope recommendations.
Gulf Power offers a program to make customer businesses more energy efficient through do-it-yourself professionally installed efficiency measures. First, the utility conducts a free analysis of the home's energy efficiency and identifies ways to use less energy and save money. Contact the utility for assistance with scheduling an energy audit. Business customers can also use a free Commercial Energy Analysis Tool to estimate cost savings for commercial structures.
This law authorizes the establishment of rules and regulations covering the design, fabrication, installation, inspection, testing and safety standards for installation, operation and maintenance of gas transmission and distribution systems.
Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) offers a six percent annual interest loan for pre-approved items including the ENERGY STAR refrigerators, high efficiency central air conditioning systems, and solar electric photovoltaic systems. This loan is being offered to encourage the installation of energy efficient products and equipment that will reduce energy use and save customers money. The program allows homeowners who are residential electric customers to borrow money through 1st Credit Union of Gainesville to make energy efficient improvements.
'''''NOTE: Application targets for fiscal year 2013 have been met for the GRU Solar PV Rebate Program. The next round of applications are scheduled to open on October 1, 2013 pending approval of the GRU budget by the Gainesville City Commission.'''''
The Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Solar Rebate Program, established in early 1997 as part of GRU's demand-side management initiatives, provides rebates of $500 to residential customers of GRU who install solar water heating systems. Customers must be an existing GRU customer using an electric water heater or natural gas water heater, where the natural gas is supplied by GRU. Both passive solar systems, which must be of the double-glazed integrated collector storage type, and closed-loop active solar systems are eligible for rebates.