Spotlight on solar
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- Clean energy is becoming more popular including solar energy for homes and businesses. One Gainesville company has been a part of this growing industry across the southeast.
Jason Gonos, co-founder of Power Production Management said, "Growing up I always thought it was cool that you put a panel out in the sun and electricity comes out of it."
And that childhood interest is now Power Productions Management Gonos runs with his business partner Alex Khokhlov.
The two started out installing solar panels in 2007 before starting their own company in 2009.
"Right now we do work all over the state of Florida we're expanding into the southeast U.S.: South Carolina, North Carolina… we also do projects in the Caribbean."
Gonos said although most of their clients are across the state… Gainesville's commitment to being eco-friendly has helped their company grow.
He says it all began with net metering.
"Net metering does is it allows you to install a solar system and be connected to the grid, and anything you don't use goes back into the grid and the utility pays you a retail rate. Once this process became affordable, solar began to take off.
He said, "that kind of set the stage for solar being big in Gainesville. It actually got to the point where Gainesville was the largest producer of solar per capita -- ahead of California."
Gonos said he hopes to continue changing the ways we power our lives and think more sustainably.
"We have electric vehicles we have solar power and we have batteries those three things are completely changing the way that we're going to live our lives in the next few years," Gonos said.
And Gonos said he hopes to continue expanding solar power locally around The Swamp.
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