One day soon, Floridians might find that their electricity comes from a wind energy farm in St. Lucie County or from solar panels on their roofs, thanks to a statewide campaign to make solar energy more affordable. These are just two projects that won a grant from Florida's Renewable Energy Technologies Grant Program. The program, now in its second year, is designed to encourage renewable energy projects involving solar, hydrogen, wind and other technologies. Since its creation in 2006 by the legislature, it has given out a total of $27.5 million. This year, it gave out $12.5 million to eight groups out of 139 seeking more than $200 million in funding. Overseen by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the proposals are evaluated on a set of criteria that includes cost-share percentage, technical feasibility, production potential, energy efficiency and incorporation of multiple technologies. To learn more about the program and this year's winners, visit