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News Brief 4-24-17

Solar bills in Tallahassee

Eric H. Coffin
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Petersburg, Florida 33711-4674
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Senator Jeff Brandes
416 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Fla. 32399-1100
Sent via email to Brandes.Jeff.Web@FlSenate.Gov

Dear Senator Brandes,

RE: SB 90 tax free solar panels

I fully support your four-page Senate Bill 90 “An act relating to renewable energy source devices.” Please move your bill forward and ignore the 16-page cumbersome language of HB 1351 especially the section dealing with distributed energy generation systems that consume pages 6 thru15 or 63% of the bill.

I think the distributed energy section was authored by electric utilities as a way to limit the sale of solar panels. Moreover, it also limits any other types of home based energy sources that could reduce Florida’s carbon footprint. In general, an electric utility is 35% efficient in converting a fuel to electricity. A home based distributed energy generation system is 80% efficient as a co-generation system and it burns clean natural gas rather than CO2 emitting coal. The following is just a comparison of the two bills as I was reading this weekend.

SB 90   HB 1351
4 Pages 16
2 Amendments 6
2 Pages of amendments 48
43 Words in amendments Approximately 9600
4 Citations to other FS 12

My feeling is that if a bill needs that many edits, rewrites, citations, words, etc., it can’t be good. Thank you in advance for your straight forward bill to enact what 73% of Florida voters asked for.


Eric H. Coffin
NCEES – National (PE) Record – USA
Certified Energy Manager – Worldwide
Registered Professional Engineer – Florida
President – Green Energy Engineering, Inc.