Governor signs HB 277 into law
By Canopy Strategy Group
On Thursday, May 30, Governor Scott signed into law HB 277, the Assessment of Residential & Nonhomestead Real Property bill that implements a constitutional ballot initiative approved in the 2008 general election by Florida voters, which prohibits adding the value of certain home improvements specific to the installation and operation of a renewable energy source device to the assessed value of residential property. With these incentives in place, solar contractors and renewable energy device manufacturers should benefit from additional work opportunities and output and consumers will have an additional incentive to put solar on their home. The passing of this legislation provides the statutory provisions needed to fully implement what was the will of the voters over four years ago and has been a priority for FlaSEIA. This bill goes into effect on July 1, 2013 and applies to the installation of a renewable energy device installed on new or existing residential real property on or after January 1, 2013. FlaSEIA wants to thank the hard work and commitment of the bill sponsors - Senator Jack Latvala, Representative Rehwinkel-Vasilinda, and Representative Jose Diaz.
UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Photovoltaic Panels (Public Notice Release No. 13PN-20)
NORTHBROOK, IL - April 15, 2013 - The following is a notification from UL to Authorities Having Jurisdiction, distributors, installers and users that the photovoltaic panels identified below bear counterfeit UL Marks for the United States and Canada . The photovoltaic (solar) panels have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if these photovoltaic panels comply with UL's safety requirements for the United States or Canada.
Name of Product:
ASP - Advanced Solar Photonics (also known as Bluechip Energy)
Models AP-240PK, AP-245MK and ASP-390M
Note that ASP is a tradename for the parent company Bluechip Energy LLC
Click here to view the public notice and images of the conterfeit mark.