Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
Bill No. CS for CS for SB 2094
Senate . House
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The Committee on Budget (Bennett) recommended the following:
1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (957254) (with title
4 Between lines 842 and 843
6 Section 10. Section 377.705, Florida Statutes, is amended
7 to read:
8 377.705 Solar Energy Center;
development of solar energy
10 (1) SHORT TITLE.—This act shall be known and may be cited
11 as the “Solar Energy Standards Act.” of 1976.
12 (2) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.—
13 (a) Because of increases in the cost of conventional fuel,
14 certain applications of solar energy are becoming competitive,
15 particularly when life-cycle costs are considered. It is the
16 intent of the Legislature in formulating a sound and balanced
17 energy policy for the state to encourage the development of an
18 alternative energy capability in the form of incident solar
20 (b) Toward this purpose, the Legislature intends to provide
21 incentives for the production and sale of , and to set standards
22 for, solar energy systems. Such standards shall ensure that
23 solar energy systems manufactured or sold within the state are
24 effective and represent a high level of quality of materials,
25 workmanship, and design.
26 (3) DEFINITIONS.—
27 (a) “Center” is defined as the Florida Solar Energy Center
28 of the Board of Governors.
29 (b) “Solar energy systems” is defined as equipment that
30 which provides for the collection and use of incident solar
31 energy for water heating, space heating or cooling, or other
32 applications that which normally require or would require a
33 conventional source of energy such as petroleum products,
34 natural gas, or electricity and that perform which performs
35 primarily with solar energy. In such other systems in which
36 solar energy is used in a supplemental way, only those
37 components that which collect and transfer solar energy are
38 shall be included in this definition.
39 (4) FLORIDA SOLAR ENERGY CENTER TO SET STANDARDS , REQUIRE
40 DISCLOSURE, SET TESTING FEES.—A solar energy system
41 manufactured, sold, or installed in this state must meet only
42 the safety and performance standards established by Underwriters
43 Laboratories, Inc.
44 (a) The center shall develop and promulgate standards for
45 solar energy systems manufactured or sold in this state based on
46 the best currently available information and shall consult with
47 scientists, engineers, or persons in research centers who are
48 engaged in the construction of, experimentation with, and
49 research of solar energy systems to properly identify the most
50 reliable designs and types of solar energy systems.
51 (b) The center shall establish criteria for testing
52 performance of solar energy systems and shall maintain the
53 necessary capability for testing or evaluating performance of
54 solar energy systems. The center may accept results of tests on
55 solar energy systems made by other organizations, companies, or
56 persons when such tests are conducted according to the criteria
57 established by the center and when the testing entity has no
58 vested interest in the manufacture, distribution or sale of
59 solar energy systems.
60 (c) The center shall be entitled to receive a testing fee
61 sufficient to cover the costs of such testing. All testing fees
62 shall be transmitted by the center to the Chief Financial
63 Officer to be deposited in the Solar Energy Center Testing Trust
64 Fund, which is hereby created in the State Treasury, and
65 disbursed for the payment of expenses incurred in testing solar
66 energy systems.
67 (d) All solar energy systems manufactured or sold in the
68 state must meet the standards established by the center and
69 shall display accepted results of approved performance tests in
70 a manner prescribed by the center.
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73 And the title is amended as follows:
74 Delete line 1198
75 and insert:
76 Executive Office of the Governor; amending s. 377.705,
77 F.S.; removing the requirement that the Florida Solar
78 Energy Center set standards for and approve solar
79 energy systems; requiring that a solar energy system
80 manufactured, sold, or installed in the state meet the
81 safety and performance standards established by
82 Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.; amending s. 526.203,