As the 2017 Florida Legislative Session begins tomorrow on Tuesday, March 7, clean energy advocates and solar businesses are urging elected leaders in Tallahassee to swiftly and cleanly implement Amendment 4, the solar tax abatement proposal, which passed in Florida’s August primary with 73 percent support.
An Amendment 4 implementation bill – SB 90 – was introduced in December by state Senator Jeff Brandes and has already passed two committees.
The next steps for SB 90 are hearings in the Finance and Tax Subcommittee, the Appropriations committee and then a vote before the full Senate. A companion bill in the House of Representatives is still pending, and expected to be filed by state Representative Ray Rodrigues soon.
Patrick Altier, President of FlaSEIA (a trade association representing solar photovoltaic and solar thermal contractors, installers, manufacturers, distributors, engineers, and designers) and an Ocala-based solar contractor said, “Voters across the political spectrum have demonstrated their strong support. It’s time for the Sunshine State to allow low cost solar and provide energy from a homegrown renewable fuel source to keep down energy costs.”
“Given that the Florida legislature unanimously passed this measure last session and placed it on the ballot, we are optimistic that SB 90 will be quickly and cleanly implemented to enact the will of Florida’s voters,” said Susan Glickman, Florida Director foe the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “We will be on the lookout for any attempts to add provisions that might hinder solar development. Our goal is to ensure continued progress and the growth of Florida’s solar market.”