Yesterday (Aug. 30) Florida’s voters—by a 73 percent margin!—supported Amendment 4 to end tax liabilities for home and business solar installations in the state. The amendment will make it easier to support solar projects in the state and encourage growth in the industry.
Solar advocates widely hailed the move. “The outpouring of support for Amendment 4 signals a strong desire among Florida voters to put the Sunshine State’s most abundant energy resource to work,” said Scott Thomasson, Director of New Markets at Vote Solar.
“Amendment 4 removes financial barriers to smart local investment. It’s clear, Floridians want better access to affordable, clean energy options and this vote is a significant step in the right direction,” added Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
The amendment saw support from the legislature, citizens and companies prior to its passage yesterday. Vote Solar, a solar advocacy organization, noted that Amendment 4 received unanimous support from state policymakers in March.
“The passage of Amendment 4 is a victory for Florida's taxpayers and businesses. Eliminating high tax barriers will unleash the potential of the "Sunshine State" to become a leader in solar energy production,” said state Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R).
“The strong showing of support for Amendment 4 sends a clear message to elected officials at all levels of government that Florida voters want more diversity in our energy market. This amendment will spur growth in solar and renewable energy, and create thousands of clean energy jobs for hardworking Floridians,” said state Sen. Jeff Brandes (R), who sponsored a solar development bill in the legislature. “The success of this amendment would not have been possible without the hard work of the solar and renewable energy community, as well as our diverse coalition of support from bipartisan groups ranging across the political spectrum. I look forward to continuing the effort to promote common sense, free market energy reform measures like Amendment 4 in the Sunshine State.”
“We now enter a new era where renewable energy can be accessible for all and clean energy jobs can be at the forefront of Florida's economy,” said state Rep. Lori Berman (D). “I look forward to seeing the positive environmental and economic impacts this amendment has on our state and thank the voters for taking this significant leap forward.”
It looks like solar companies are eager to help the state realize those impacts. Last week, for instance, Vivint Solar announced that it was entering Florida. Other large residential solar installer and financing companies are likely to follow.
"Now it’s time to keep the momentum going,” Gallagher said, warning of some clouds in the future. “To ensure a bright solar future for Florida, customers should vote NO on Amendment 1, the anti-solar amendment that will be on Florida ballots this November."Tweet