- Both the Florida Senate and House have voted unanimously in favor of a measure to strike property taxes on solar panels installed at commercial and industrial facilities.
- The legislation, SB 90, implements a decision voters made last summer on the question. The ballot initiative passed with almost 75% of the vote in August.
- The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Scott (R), and clean energy advocates are calling on the governor to sign the measure quickly.
After briefly bouncing between the House and Senate, lawmakers approved a bill aimed at expanding carbon free energy and creating green jobs by eliminating taxes on solar arrays installed at C&I sites.
“Florida has long been a market ripe for advanced energy growth, and Amendment 4 showed that advanced energy growth is what the voters want,” Maria Robinson, associate director of energy policy and analysis for Advanced Energy Economy, said in a statement.
Solar growth is increasingly seen by Florida residents as a way to expand clean energy jobs in the state. According to data from The Solar Foundation, Florida saw solar employment gain 1,700 positions last year, growth of about 25%. The state's solar industry now employs more than 8,200 people.
Amendment 4 had broad support and was uncontroversial compared with another solar issue Florida voters tackled last year. Voters rejected a measure supported by utilities and widely-seen as potentially slowing growth of the state's solar industry. That measure, Amendment 1, would have ensured that third-party ownership of distributed solar remained illegal.