Senate implementing legislation for last year’s solar energy referendum passed its final committee test Thursday, when the Appropriations Committee voted its unanimous approval.
The bill by St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes would implement $54.5 million in annual solar breaks on local taxes, approved by Florida voters via Amendment 4 in August.
Brandes said the House is moving toward the Senate’s position.
“We’re going to continue to work with them. The landing site in in sight on this bill,” Brandes said.
“I would imagine there will be some changes to this bill as we get to the floor,” he added.
Seventy-three percent of Florida voters backed the constitutional amendment, which shields the increased value of a home due to renewable energy improvements such as solar panels in property value assessments.
The Senate version would would apply to solar devices on all real property, including commercial establishment, irrespective of date of installation.