Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

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Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use them – or they’d be breaking the law. Florida’s electricity board made it illegal for people to power their houses with solar panels.

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Garbage from Hurricane Irma will now help power Florida

Hurricane Irma left a mess of destruction in its wake. But in Florida, some of that trash will be put to good use: as electricity. Garbage will be burned in waste-to-energy plants; one such plant in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, can power around 30,000 homes.

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Category 5 Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever

With the United States still reeling after Tropical Storm Harvey, Hurricane Irma is on its way. It’s been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) described Irma as potentially catastrophic. The hurricane winds are whirling at 180 miles per hour, and NOAA said there’s an increasing chance Florida could see impacts from the hurricane.

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