Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 070054
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File Number: 070054 File Type: Resolution Status: In Draft
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Budget and Finance Committee
File Name: SOLAR WATER HEATER INSTALLATION FOR LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS Introduced: 1/5/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS FOR SOLAR WATER HEATER INSTALLATIONS FOR LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
  SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007 2O Withdrawn

County Attorney 1/29/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007

County Attorney 1/5/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS FOR SOLAR WATER HEATER INSTALLATIONS FOR LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County has provided funding for solar water heater installations for low-income homeowners for the last several years; and
WHEREAS, the program has completed close to 20 installations and is expected to install another 48 this year; and
WHEREAS, the program has become one of the largest non-utility solar water programs in the State; and
WHEREAS, with a large population of economically disadvantaged families, there remains a substantial unmet need for such solar water heaters beyond what the County can provide on its own; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature should replicate the success of the Miami-Dade solar water heater program across the state and establish a statewide program that provides matching funds to local governments for solar water heater programs for low-income homeowners; and
WHEREAS, state matching funds could increase local governments’ ability to provide economic stability to low income homeowners through reduced electric bills and improved quality of life,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to establish a program to provide matching funds for local programs that provide solar water heaters to low-income homeowners.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and Chair and members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2007 state legislative package.



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