DeSantis signs floating solar measure

Posted By: Dave Heller Industry , Legislative/Regulatory ,

News Service of Florida

Tallahassee — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed 10 bills, including a measure (HB 1411) that seeks to expand the use of floating solar projects, known as floatovoltaics.

The relatively new concept involves solar panels placed in wastewater treatment ponds, abandoned limerock mines, stormwater treatment ponds, reclaimed water ponds and other water storage reservoirs. The bill would direct local governments to make floating solar facilities a permitted use in comprehensive plans.

Among the other bills signed was a measure (SB 1474) that would shift from in-person to online certain parts of security-officer training. As an example, to earn a Class “G” license required to have firearms as a security guard, 20 of 28 hours of training could be held online. At least eight hours would be in-person and include handling and storage of firearms. The bills were passed during the legislative session that ended March 14.

Article reposted with permission from the News Service of Florida.