Earlier this month the Florida legislature passed legislation that will implement Amendment 4, a solar-friendly amendment that was supported by 73 percent of voters in the state. With the unanimous passage of SB 90, the bill now moves to Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) desk for approval.
“Last August, Florida voters called for solar progress in one of the most popular amendments in the Sunshine State’s history,” said Scott Thomasson, Southeast Director at Vote Solar. “We applaud Senator Jeff Brandes and House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues for their leadership in working with all sides to pass a balanced bill that respects the will of the voters they serve while also protecting customers. Now, it’s up to Governor Rick Scott to honor the voters’ overwhelming support for solar development and deliver on the promise of more jobs and energy choices across Florida.”
The amendment offers Florida home and business owners that implement solar or renewable energy an exemption from property taxes for those clean energy sources. The bill and its sister bill, HB 1351, enjoyed support from business groups, clean energy advocates and more.
“A victory lap to the finish line on solar energy today. The Florida legislature passed a bill to implement what 2 million voters called for last election cycle in Amendment 4,” said Julio Fuentes, President of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Our members include more than 604,000 Hispanic-owned small businesses who support energy diversity and thank the legislature for their excellent work.”
“With technological advances, energy opportunities for Floridians are increasing, and now families and job creators will benefit from a targeted tax break on solar panels,” added David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber commends Senator Jeff Brandes and lawmakers for helping Florida achieve energy independence while also strengthening Florida’s economy.”
“The Florida Retail Federation commends the legislature for answering the will of the voters and passing SB 90 which implements solar Amendment 4,” said Scott Shalley, President of the Florida Retail Federation. “Thanks to bill sponsors Senator Jeff Brandes and House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues retailers throughout the Sunshine State will be able to take advantage of this great solar energy policy.”
The bill was crafted with the input of numerous groups including Vote Solar, the Solar Energy Industries Association, Advanced Energy Economy, and The Alliance for Solar Choice. It also earned praise from a wide range of organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Florida Conservation Voters, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.Tweet