Florida Senate - 2021 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 896 Ì713270yÎ713270 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Rules (Gruters) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Before line 16 4 insert: 5 Section 1. Section 163.3205, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 163.3205 Solar facility approval process.— 8 (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage 9 renewable solar electrical generation throughout this state. It 10 is essential that solar facilities and associated electric 11 infrastructure be constructed and maintained in various 12 locations throughout this state in order to ensure the 13 availability of renewable energy production, which is critical 14 to this state’s energy and economic future. 15 (2) As used in this section, the term “solar facility” 16 means a production facility for electric power which: 17 (a) Uses photovoltaic modules to convert solar energy to 18 electricity that may be stored on site, delivered to a 19 transmission system, and consumed primarily offsite. 20 (b) Consists principally of photovoltaic modules, a 21 mounting or racking system, power inverters, transformers, 22 collection systems, battery systems, fire suppression equipment, 23 and associated components. 24 (c) May include accessory administration or maintenance 25 buildings, electric transmission lines, substations, energy 26 storage equipment, and related accessory uses and structures. 27 (3) A solar facility shall be a permitted use in all 28 agricultural land use categories in a local government 29 comprehensive plan and all agricultural zoning districts within 30 an unincorporated area and must comply with the setback and 31 landscaped buffer area criteria for other similar uses in the 32 agricultural district. 33 (4) A county may adopt an ordinance specifying buffer and 34 landscaping requirements for solar facilities. Such requirements 35 may not exceed the requirements for similar uses involving the 36 construction of other facilities that are permitted uses in 37 agricultural land use categories and zoning districts. 38 39 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 40 And the title is amended as follows: 41 Delete line 2 42 and insert: 43 An act relating to renewable energy; creating s. 44 163.3205, F.S.; providing legislative intent; defining 45 the term “solar facility”; providing that solar 46 facilities are a permitted use in local government 47 comprehensive plan agricultural land use categories 48 and certain agricultural zoning districts; requiring 49 solar facilities to comply with specified criteria; 50 authorizing counties to adopt ordinances that meet 51 certain requirements; amending s.