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Bills to encourage solar panel installations OK’d by Senate panel

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A pair of bills to allow businesses to write off the costs of installing solar panels on commercial properties got the green light Tuesday from a Senate panel. “Occasionally a bill comes along both the Baptists and the bootleggers can agree on, and this is one of those proposals,” said St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes. The Brandes-sponsored SB 170 & SB 172 would expand a popular program devised by the Legislature several years ago that encourages Floridians to install residential solar panels on their homes,…

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