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File Number: 070485
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File Number: 070485 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-190-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: SOLAR WATER HEATER INSTALLATION FOR LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS Introduced: 2/15/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/20/2007
Agenda Date: 2/20/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A11
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS FOR SOLAR AND OTHER ENERGY SAVING WATER HEATER INSTALLATIONS FOR LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 070054]
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
  SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Dorrin Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, 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

Board of County Commissioners 2/20/2007 11A11 Adopted P

County Manager 2/15/2007 Additions 2/20/2007

County Attorney 2/15/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 2/15/2007

Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007 2O Amended Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with favorable recommendation with committee amendments P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Benitez read the foregoing resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Sorenson that this proposed resolution be forwarded to with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez. Commissioner Sorenson agreed to amend this proposed resolution to include urging the Florida Legislature to establish a program to provide matching funds for any other energy saving system installations, as proposed by Commissioner Diaz. It was moved by Commissioner Sorenson that this proposed resolution be forwarded with a favorable recommendation and with committee amendment(s) to include urging the Florida Legislature to establish a program to provide matching funds for any other energy saving system installations. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote. It was moved by Commissioner Diaz that the Committee reconsider this proposed resolution. This motion was seconded by Chairman Martinez, upon being put to a vote, passed unanimously. Commissioner Diaz said the name of the energy saving system he spoke of was Tankless Water Heater. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS FOR SOLAR AND OTHER ENERGY SAVING 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, the program should also include other energy saving water heater installations that are not necessarily solar; 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:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to establish a program to provide matching funds for local programs that provide solar and other energy-saving 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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