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Florida Takes Strong Step for Solar With Sensible, Pro-Consumer Bill: Industry

Friday, Jun 16 2017

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the industry’s national association, commended Florida Governor Rick Scott after he signed Senate Bill 90 into law. The new law implements 2016’s Amendment 4 by providing sensible tax treatment for residents and businesses installing solar and includes consumer protections strongly supported by SEIA.

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO:

“This legislation will help Florida take its rightful place as a solar star. The state’s market doubled last year and we expect this new law will help Florida become one of the top five solar states in short order. We are particularly enthusiastic about the strong consumer protections in the legislation that provide transparency to customers and clear rules of the road for solar installers. We thank Governor Scott, Senator Brandes and Majority Leader Rodrigues for their leadership on solar and support for our industry’s growth.”

Florida’s solar market grew by more than 200% in 2016 while solar jobs surged 25 percent, according to according to GTM Research and the SEIA’s U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. The state is the 12th largest solar market and has the fifth most solar jobs in the country.

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About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 43rd anniversary in 2017, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 260,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America.  SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Media Contact:

Alex Hobson, SEIA Senior Communications Manager, ahobson@seia.org (202) 556-2886