Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
Bill No. CS for CS for SB 2094
Senate . House
Comm: WD .
The Committee on Budget (Bennett) recommended the following:
1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
3 Between lines 877 and 878
5 Section 10. Section 377.705, Florida Statutes, is amended
6 to read:
7 377.705 Solar Energy Center;
development of solar energy
9 (1) SHORT TITLE.—This act shall be known and may be cited
10 as the “Solar Energy Standards Act.” of 1976.
11 (2) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.—
12 (a) Because of increases in the cost of conventional fuel,
13 certain applications of solar energy are becoming competitive,
14 particularly when life-cycle costs are considered. It is the
15 intent of the Legislature in formulating a sound and balanced
16 energy policy for the state to encourage the development of an
17 alternative energy capability in the form of incident solar
19 (b) Toward this purpose, the Legislature intends to provide
20 incentives for the production and sale of , and to set standards
21 for, solar energy systems. Such standards shall ensure that
22 solar energy systems manufactured or sold within the state are
23 effective and represent a high level of quality of materials,
24 workmanship, and design.
25 (3) DEFINITIONS.—
26 (a) “Center” is defined as the Florida Solar Energy Center
27 of the Board of Governors.
28 (b) “Solar energy systems” is defined as equipment that
29 which provides for the collection and use of incident solar
30 energy for water heating, space heating or cooling, or other
31 applications that which normally require or would require a
32 conventional source of energy such as petroleum products,
33 natural gas, or electricity and that perform which performs
34 primarily with solar energy. In such other systems in which
35 solar energy is used in a supplemental way, only those
36 components that which collect and transfer solar energy are
37 shall be included in this definition.
38 (4) FLORIDA SOLAR ENERGY CENTER TO SET STANDARDS , REQUIRE
39 DISCLOSURE, SET TESTING FEES.—A solar energy system
40 manufactured, sold, or installed in this state must meet only
41 the safety and performance standards established by Underwriters
42 Laboratories, Inc.
43 (a) The center shall develop and promulgate standards for
44 solar energy systems manufactured or sold in this state based on
45 the best currently available information and shall consult with
46 scientists, engineers, or persons in research centers who are
47 engaged in the construction of, experimentation with, and
48 research of solar energy systems to properly identify the most
49 reliable designs and types of solar energy systems.
50 (b) The center shall establish criteria for testing
51 performance of solar energy systems and shall maintain the
52 necessary capability for testing or evaluating performance of
53 solar energy systems. The center may accept results of tests on
54 solar energy systems made by other organizations, companies, or
55 persons when such tests are conducted according to the criteria
56 established by the center and when the testing entity has no
57 vested interest in the manufacture, distribution or sale of
58 solar energy systems.
59 (c) The center shall be entitled to receive a testing fee
60 sufficient to cover the costs of such testing. All testing fees
61 shall be transmitted by the center to the Chief Financial
62 Officer to be deposited in the Solar Energy Center Testing Trust
63 Fund, which is hereby created in the State Treasury, and
64 disbursed for the payment of expenses incurred in testing solar
65 energy systems.
66 (d) All solar energy systems manufactured or sold in the
67 state must meet the standards established by the center and
68 shall display accepted results of approved performance tests in
69 a manner prescribed by the center.
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72 And the title is amended as follows:
73 Between lines 63 and 64
75 377.705, F.S.; removing the requirement that the
76 Florida Solar Energy Center set standards for and
77 approve solar energy systems; requiring that a solar
78 energy system manufactured, sold, or installed in the
79 state meet the safety and performance standards
80 established by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.;
81 amending s.