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Florida firefighters say solar Amendment 1 ‘protects first responders’

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As solar energy expands across Florida, firefighters say uniform rules on the installation and maintenance of solar panels are necessary to keep first responders safe in case of emergencies at places producing solar energy. That’s why the Florida Professional Firefighters are the latest group supporting the constitutional amendment to promote solar energy production throughout the Sunshine State. On Monday, the organization announced its endorsement of Consumers for Smart Solar — the campaign group of business, civic and faith leaders behind…

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Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility unveiled at Disney World

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It’s only fitting that solar panels that will help with the power needs of Walt Disney World are shaped like the famous ears of the mouse that started the whole Disney enterprise. Officials with Disney World, Duke Energy and Disney’s private government on Tuesday flipped on the switch to a Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility located on 22 acres near the Epcot theme park. The facility is made up of 48,000 solar panels and is operated by Duke Energy. Duke Energy…

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Jeff Brandes’ renewable energy bills easily clear committee

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Legislation that would exempt the value of solar-power and other “renewable energy” equipment from Floridians’ property tax bills was unanimously cleared by a Senate panel Monday. Part of the legislation (SB 172/SJR 170), sponsored by St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes, would create a constitutional amendment required to enact the measure. It would have to be approved by 60 percent of voters. The bill would exempt “renewable energy source devices, and any components thereof, from the tangible personal property tax,” an…

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