Florida governor Rick Scott officially signed AB 90 into law on Friday – the bill that implement’s 2016 Amendment 4 by making solar and renewable energy equipment on commercial buildings exempt from property taxes for 20 years, beginning next year.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates that 88,000 jobs, totalling about one-third of the current American PV workforce, would be lost if US manufacturer Suniva receives trade protections proposed in its petition with the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
This week's Movers & Shakers covers both expansions into new territories and new business ventures. A long-term member of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission resigns, while the SEIA gains two new board members. Also, GRID Alternatives and Washington DC launch a new solar training programme for low-income residents.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has elected to launch an investigation into Suniva’s trade complaint under Section 201 of the 1974 Trade Act. The body will decide whether to raise import prices on modules as per the bankrupt module manufacturer’s request.
GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, a subsidiary of the US’ largest non-profit solar installer, is launching its national Women in Solar programme – an effort to increase gender diversity in the solar supply chain – with the help of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Minnesota governor Mark Dayton vetoed measure SF 1937 on Tuesday, which would have removed solar customer’s ability to have unfair fees reviewed by independent regulators at the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
Updated: The US solar trade body, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it would spearhead the campaign against the trade petition by US-based bankrupt cell and module manufacturer, Suniva with the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) that threatens import duties on all crystalline solar cells and panels imported from anywhere across the world not produced in the US.
In a 33-0 vote, the Florida legislature has passed SB 90 – the bill that would implement Amendment 4 and make solar and renewable energy equipment on commercial buildings exempt from property taxes for 20 years, beginning in 2018.