Anti-rooftop solar bill vetoed: An industry reacts


The clean energy world let out a collective sigh of relief last night, when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed House Bill 741, a wildly unpopular piece of legislation dubbed the “anti-rooftop solar bill,” which would have phased down the value of net metering and opened the door for utilities to add fixed charges to solar customer bills.

And while the bill’s return to the legislature doesn’t mean it’s quite dead yet, having passed the first time by the exact same margin needed to override the veto, the belief is that DeSantis, a current frontrunner for the GOP ticket in 2024, wouldn’t have vetoed the bill if he believed in the possibility of an override, which could somewhat weaken his campaign.

In our previous coverage, we included commentary from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar, however the conversation does not end with those two entities. pv magazine has collected a series of responses from other players across the political, regulatory, and industry spaces, and will continue to update this column with additional commentary points as they come out.

Florida SEIA

“The rooftop solar industry employs more than 9,000 Floridians and gives every Florida resident the freedom to choose how they generate and use electricity. Governor DeSantis understands the value of solar as an economic engine and a powerful tool for energy independence here in the Sunshine State,” said Justin Vandenbroeck, president of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. “His decision to veto this bill will allow our industry to continue growing and give more homeowners in our state the chance to lower their electric bills with solar.”

Energy and Policy Institute

Alissa Jean Schafer, Energy & Policy Institute

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Alissa Jean Schafer, a research and communications manager at the Energy and Policy Institute, commented on the genesis of the bill:

“HB 741 was written by FPL and wrapped in political contributions, delivered with a bow on it by the utility’s own lobbyist to Senate Sponsor Jennifer Bradley (R) late last year, along with over $20,000 in political contributions to Bradley’s fundraising committee.
“This attack on rooftop solar all happened after the utility paid consultants who engineered a “ghost candidate” scandal to tip election results in Florida’s 2020 legislative elections. The bill’s demise ensures for now that rooftop solar will not die at the hands of the largest monopoly utility in the state.”
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
The next statement comes from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) with additional commentary from SACE’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen A. Smith:
“The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy thanks Governor DeSantis for vetoing the anti-solar bill HB 741. The bill would have denied energy freedom to some eight-million customers, decimated thousands of jobs, and driven power bills up for all Floridians. Net metering is a cornerstone policy that successfully supports rooftop solar adoption in the Sunshine State.”

Smith said, “No monopoly utility owns the sun, nor the right to use misinformation to raise rates on their customers.”


Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar & Storage Association, draws a correlation between the Florida bill and California’s NEM 3.0 controversy:

“Governor DeSantis did not fall for the utilities’ playbook of protecting their profits and monopolies by eliminating competition from rooftop solar. Governor Newsom’s administration should not fall for it either. When it comes to keeping solar affordable, growing, and contributing to our clean energy future, California should be not only keeping pace with Florida, but leading the world.”

Conservative Energy Network

Tyler Duvelius, director of external affairs, Conservative Energy Network applauds the protection of energy freedom in Florida:

“By vetoing this anti-net metering bill today, Governor DeSantis protected Floridians’ rights to energy freedom and ensured solar energy remains a strong economic force and job creator in the Sunshine State. Net metering gives Floridians access to clean, affordable energy and provides an element of choice and competition in the energy market. The practice reduces strain on the grid and diversifies energy sources, benefiting all energy consumers, not only those with rooftop solar.”

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