Florida's Waste and Recycling Leaders, WastePro, USA, will host Sarasota February 18th site visit for 2011 Florida Renewable Energy Tour

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Waste Pro, Sarasota/Bradenton will host a Florida Renewable Energy Tour site visit on February 18th, 2011. Waste Pro is Florida’s largest waste collection, recycling and disposal company.

Florida Solar Energy Leader - Waste Pro Waste Management

Florida Solar Energy Leader - Waste Pro Waste Management

We’ve made a concerted effort to make a positive impact on the community, a solar-powered building is one of our initiatives."

Last year WastePro installed a 25 kW solar power plant which covers 5,000 sq. ft. of roof area at it’s Bradenton facility. That plant produces 120 kW hours of electricity per day, enough to cover most of the building’s needs. But the payoff doesn't just stop there, any energy not consumed by WastePro can be sent back to the utility grid for credit; often referred to as "Distributed Energy Generation."

The concept behind Distributed Energy Generation is pretty simple. Instead of building a huge public utility managed facility to generate power, Florida solar energy leaders like WastePro can harness the sun's power and then sell it directly to the utility companies. The environment benefits from a cleaner source of energy, the utility company can provide more power to meet community needs with less resources, and the company benefits from being able to remove its own usage from the grid and generate an alternative revenue stream.

“We’re not your usual ‘trash’ company,” says Keith Banasiak, Regional Vice President of Waste Pro. “We’ve made a concerted effort to make a positive impact on the community, and a solar-powered building is one of our initiatives in the Sarasota-Manatee area.”

Beyond just quality Waste Collection and Recycling Services; Waste Pro's Florida Community Service initiative make it one of Florida's Solar Energy Leaders. According to Executive Director of Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE), Mike Antheil; the event on February 18th is to help showcase the real tangible benefits of renewable energy in our communities. Tangible benefits of renewable energy are vitally important to both our elected officials and consciencous citizens. In addition to obvious environmental benefits, another advantage is in the form of jobs; that can keep intellectual talent here, and attract new manufacturing and technical talent into the state of Florida.

FARE is one of the largest renewable energy organizations in Florida and they are working to help establish policies at the state level as well as educate citizens about Distributed Energy Generation over and above traditional power generation methods. FARE is hoping to build more momentum legislatively because small and medium scaled projects (under 2 megawatts), often fall below the radar at the state level. In most areas there is huge support for Distributed Energy Generation, according to Mr. Antheil, but there is also a tendency for pushback from the public utility companies.

The 2011 Florida Renewable Energy Tour stops in Sarasota on February 18th on its 5th of 10 city tour across the state. Both Sarasota and WastePro have a great story to tell, according to Mr. Antheil, "Sarasota is one of the most active areas in the state with regard to clean and renewable energy while Waste Pro is an active part of reshaping the renewable energy and energy efficient future of Florida."

With various site visits in and around Sarasota and Manatee counties, the February 18th event will conclude with a town hall format meeting from 5 to 7 pm, where industry, policy experts, and state and local elected officials will discussion job creation and local economic growth through renewable energy development at State College of Florida’s, Lakewood Ranch campus. Registration beginning at 4:30 pm, the cost is free and open to the public however registration is required. Seating is limited. To register please go to http://www.farenergy.org and click the "2011 Tour" tab to register.

Related Links:
Cloudy times for Florida's solar energy future - St. Petersburg Times
http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/cloudy-times-for-floridas-solar-energy-future/1113569

Protecting the Environment - Florida Division of Waste Management
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/

Energy Saving Resources - Florida Power and Light
http://www.fpl.com/residential/energy_saving/index.shtml

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