Late Friday (June 16, 2017) Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law implementing legislation for the pro-solar Amendment 4, which was unanimously placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature in 2016, passed overwhelmingly by 73% of the vote on the August 2016 primary ballot and now unanimously approved in the recently concluded session. The bill removes burdensome taxes on solar installations by exempting 80% of their value from the tangible personal property tax. It also exempts 80% of the value of a solar installation from the assessment of real property taxes for commercial properties.
Thanks to the support of hundreds of businesses, solar advocates, thousands of volunteers, and the leadership of Senator Jeff Brandes and Representative Ray Rodrigues, Floridians will enjoy lower energy costs as burdensome taxes on solar energy systems are reduced beginning January 1, 2018.
“Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has been in the fight for good solar policy in Florida alongside many strong partners for many years.” said Susan Glickman, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Florida Director. “Broad support from conservatives, the business community, the solar industry, and environmental organizations brought together volunteers, an array of elected officials and everyone in between, in a truly non partisan effort to bring pro solar Amendment 4 into law.”
“This is a victory for Florida, solar customers, and non solar customers alike.” Said Patrick Altier, President of Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA). “Better tax policy means more local jobs, lowered energy costs, and more clean, affordable, solar energy in the Sunshine State.”
“The implementation of Amendment 4 is a resounding victory for voters across the Sunshine State.” Said Pamela Goodman, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “It is clear that the people of Florida demand good solar policy – the voters have spoken, as has the Legislature, and now finally the Governor.”
“Reducing taxes is smart energy policy, and I’m proud to see Governor Scott sign this important legislation into law.” said Tory Perfetti, Chair of Floridians for Solar Choice and Florida Director of Conservatives for Energy Freedom. “This effort has been supported by a historic coalition and unanimous legislative support, along with a resounding public vote. The Sunshine State has spoken, and they said: We want the freedom to choose solar.”