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Florida Right to Produce and Sell Solar Energy Initiative

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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Florida solar battle heats up: Tea Party’s Debbie Dooley takes on Americans for Prosperity

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As a proposed solar energy initiative gains steam in Florida, an interesting rhetorical battle is also heating up: Americans for Prosperity (AFP) against the Tea Party fringe. The latest bombast comes from Debbie Dooley, described by American Spectator columnist Jon Cassidy as a “Tea Party eccentric and advocate for solar energy.” Dooley is the outspoken state coördinator of the Georgia Tea Party Patriots. Dooley calls voters in the Sunshine State to support the Florida Right to Produce and Sell Solar Energy…

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