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12 October

Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November Because Amendment 1 Will Block Out the Sun, Floridians !!!

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Vote "NO" on Amendment 1 in November because Amendment 1 Will Block Out the Sun (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November because Amendment 1 Will Block Out the Sun (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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This is a repost from one of our sister publication, Windermere Sun, below:

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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Vote "NO" on Amendment 1 in November (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

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I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for Florida to welcome Solar Energy into our state!!! Then Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November!!! Reasons are explained in the posts and videos in the two posts below (please click & view):

  1. This article contains material that would help to explain why Amendment 1 is anti-solar: Amendment 1 May Block Out The Sun (Similar measure in Amendment 1 has already destroyed solar industry in the state of Nevada. We do not want a repeat of what happened in Nevada here in Florida!!!)
  2. Amendment 1 part (a) promises the right Floridians already possess (the right to own or lease solar equipments on their property) but prevents Floridians from selling any excess solar energy produced to be sold to others outside of the property owner. Amendment 1 part (b) may potentially allow utilities to create another fee to be charged to solar installation owners or solar power users even if these solar power users are not customers of the utilities. So a votes of “yes” on Amendment 1 would: a. establish constitutional right rather than keep it statutory. b. eliminate free market potential for electricity c. create assumption that solar power users are subsidized by utility customers. Passing Amendment 1 would potentially destroy the solar businesses in Florida (as a similar measure did in Nevada).
  3. This article helps to explain why we need Fair Value of Solar: We Need Fair Value of Solar, Not Amendment 1

Especially after the recent visit from Hurricane Matthew, it is critical for us to promote both utility scale and distributed solar throughout our state and our U.S.A.! This is not only for the fact that Florida needs to live up to its name sake, The Sunshine State, but the fact that much of our state revenues depend on tourism, and therefore our air and water quality plays an important part of our state’s income. Furthermore, the climate change or warming of our planet earth would speed up the process of our disappearing coastal cities (esp. Miami). This is another reason why Florida should make strong effort in supporting solar energy to flourish, to slow down the climate change and warming of our planet. Don’t forget the fact that solar energy is the source of energy that cannot be exclusively possessed by few nations on earth. Therefore widespread use of solar energy would prevent potential warfare among nations for the sake of fuel. Finally, it is undeniable that we are progressing toward the Clean/Renewable Energy Future, whether the politicians like it or not. The sooner our politicians accept this fact and learn to adapt to the Clean/Renewable Energy Age, the better off we all will be, in terms of state economy, business, individual standard of living, and our beautiful environment of state of Florida .

Therefore, it is particularly frustrating that my and your dollars spent on our utility bills are being spent on promotion for something that will potentially destroy the solar industry in Florida, the Amendment 1! So, please bear with me for continuing to post about Amendment 1, reminding Floridians to VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1 IN NOVEMBER !!! I may not have multi-million dollar advertising budget, but I do have Windermere Sun….so, let’s help our beloved Florida to be worthy of its name sake by spreading this message of need to Vote “NO” on Amendment 1 in November ! We don’t want the solar growth and solar industry to be destroyed as it did in Nevada by a similar measure in Amendment 1.

If you care about The Sunshine State and would like to insure our worthiness of this name, want to see solar industry and economy to flourish in Florida, forever be able to enjoy our wonderful air quality, and usher Florida into the Clean/Renewable Energy Age, VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1 IN NOVEMBER !!! Because……

  1. Amendment 1 May Block Out The Sun

  2. We Need Fair Value of Solar, Not Amendment 1

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25 August

Support Solar in Florida By Voting YES on Amendment 4 in August Primary

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Vote YES on Amendment 4 in August Primary

Vote YES on Amendment 4 in August Primary

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Dear Fellow Floridians, for more information about Early Voting, please refer to our Previous Post .  If you have any questions about voting, please call the Election Protection hotline at: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682-Espanol.) Assistance is available in English or Spanish.

We, the Floridians, have been blessed with generous sunshine, residing in the SunShine State. In the August Primary, Floridian voters will have the opportunity to lower energy cost and boost future solar energy production in the Sunshine State by voting YES for Amendment 4 on the Primary Ballot. Amendment 4 will amend Florida’s Constitution to exempt the value of solar panels and other renewable energy equipment from both the tangible personal property tax and the real property tax. In order for Amendment 4 to become law, it must be approved by YES vote from at least 60% of the Floridian voters for the August 30 Primary Ballot.

The exact wording of Amendment 4, below (in italics):

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No.4, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 3 AND 4 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 34

Solar Devices or Renewable Energy Source Devices;Exemption from Certain Taxation and Assessment.

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to exempt from ad valorem taxation the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices subject to tangible personal property tax, and to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of such devices in assessing the value of real property for ad valorem taxation purposes. This amendment takes effect January 1, 2018, and expires on December 31, 2037.


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Firstly, ad valorem simply means in proportion to the value. So, Amendment 4 is proposing to remove the tax based on the value of the solar panels/renewable energy source devices and also to prevent the inclusion of these devices when assessing the value of the real property. This amendment, if passed, will enable solar energy in Florida to be much more affordable for every one (commercial, as well as residential), help to increase the number of solar jobs and further solar development in Florida tremendously , and at no cost to Florida’s taxpayers because these taxes are not being collected now.

  • As we come to the final stage of  fossil fuel period in history…
  • as more natural disasters (such as Hurricane Sandy  and Louisiana flood) occur…
  • and increasing suicide rate of farmers from different parts of the world (India, Australia, etc.) resulting from extreme weather conditions due to increased rate of climate change….
  • and the cost of solar and renewable energy and battery storage technology continues to decrease

It is our moral imperative to do everything possible in slowing down the current rate of climate change. It is also our sense of practicality that should direct us quickly toward transition into solar and renewable energy. The great irony in life is that:  those of us in the developed nations have been  contributing far more than those in developing nations to this dramatic increased rate of climate change. But when the chips are down, it is those in the developing nations and the poorest who will be suffering more. There is something terribly wrong with this picture. It would have been far more impactful if Amendment 4 were passed more than a decade ago. Voting YES for Amendment 4 now is the least that we can and should do. In addition to installing solar, I believe we should also be thinking of switching to electrical vehicles, recycle more, bike and walk more, eat less meat, etc. It is economical/practical and ethical to encourage the growth of solar and renewable energy in the Sunshine State!

Keep in mind that there are three ways to vote:

  1. At the polls on August 30, 2016
  2. Early Voting between August 15-August 28 or August 20-August 27 or……., depending on which county  you are in.
  3. By mail starting from July 26, 2016 and be sure your mail-in ballot is received by 7:00 pm on election day, August 30, 2016. So, those of you who are planning on mailing in your ballot, be sure you do so ASAP.

For those of you interested in clean energy future, you may like to know that Florida Solar Voter is a project of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy dedicated to providing all Florida voters an easy way to sign up to vote by mail.  Please feel free to contact Southern Alliance For Clean Energy via 813-252-1751  or  www.CleanEnergy.org .You may also be interested in visiting Floridians For Solar Choice.

Vote YES on Amendment 4 in August Primary

Vote YES on Amendment 4 in August Primary


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28 October

Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State -Floridians For Solar Choice!

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"Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State!" (credit:sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Please excuse the interruption of our reporting on World Solar Challenge 2015. Below is a repost from our sister publication, Windermere Sun:

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It is high time that we are getting some where here in Florida! Given our current political reality, this is great news.It is also wonderful to see our Florida state constitution being upheld and our Florida Supreme Court being impartial and truly has the welfare of Floridians in mind. The main reason it has even come to the measure of constitutional amendment is due to the first video clip below, addressed by Alexander Snitker.

This section is added to the original post because I’ve received some calls from various Floridians who are perplexed by all kinds of rhetoric generated by the mainstream media. To help clarify the reason why there is a need for Florida Supreme Court ruling to this Florida state amendment (Floridians for Solar Choice ballot), waiting to be passed, I am adding this “bold” section.

It is the natural course of event in human history when it is necessary for us to transition or evolve to the next stage. There would be resistance and  struggle. The status quo would want to maintain its original position and prevent the next stage to come to its fruition. In recent years, the cost of solar has dropped so much that it is now cost competitive to generate power using solar rather than the traditional coal. Even if the initial installation cost is still an issue for many Floridians, there are now third party power providers such as Solar City that would be able to help residents to take part in generating and using solar power without having to worry about installation cost.

People who are truly going to benefit from this Florida state amendment are those who have difficulty in affording the installation cost of solar.

So, we are observing the traditional utilities trying to put up barriers to allow third party power provider/generator from entering the market  because  allowing the third party power provider entering the market would mean less profit and doing away with the monopoly for the traditional utilities. Florida is one of only four states where current law expressly denies citizens and businesses the freedom to buy power directly from someone other than a monopoly electric utility or government-owned electric utility. Despite all obstacles, the Floridians For Solar Choice is gaining so much supporting signatures that the traditional utility is trying to put up barrier by using the argument that the Florida state amendment (Floridians for Solar Choice ballot) being introduced is confusing and ambiguous. So, it is up to the Florida State Supreme Court to have a look to decide whether it is ambiguous or confusing. And the decision has come in: Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative is unambiguous and single-subject, clearing the legal hurdle for the amendment to be placed on the 2016 election ballot if all 683,149 required signatures are collected and verified before February 1, 2016. 

I hope the bold section has helped to cleared the fog and below is the press release I’ve received.

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I’ve received the press release from Solar Choice Coalition in welcoming the Supreme Court Ruling in Efforts to Expand Solar in the Sunshine State. Please contact: Floridians for Solar Choice, 754-307-7451, jennifer@flsolarchoice.org

Solar Choice Coalition Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling in Efforts to Expand Solar in the Sunshine State

Campaign in Full Swing to Secure Solar Choice Amendment’s Place on Florida’s 2016 Ballot

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (October 22, 2015) – Florida’s Supreme Court ruled today that the language proposed by the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative is unambiguous and single-subject, clearing the legal hurdle for the amendment to be placed on the 2016 election ballot if all 683,149 required signatures are collected and verified before February 1, 2016.

“We are thrilled with the high court’s ruling so that voters may have the opportunity to vote on removing a barrier that currently blocks Florida’s families and businesses from greater energy choices through the power of the free market,” said Tory Perfetti, Chairman, Floridians for Solar Choice. “People power is what will get us on the ballot, and we continue to gather thousands of signatures each week from Floridians eager for Solar Choice.”

The campaign’s total number of verified signatures continues to grow as more than 183,000 have been confirmed by Florida’s Division of Elections and another 100,000 are signed and awaiting verification. The ballot proposal – designed to expand solar choice by removing barriers that limit solar ownership models – continues to gain wide support as more than 60 businesses, associations, conservative groups, faith communities, clean energy and environmental organizations now comprise this diverse coalition.

“In this David and Goliath battle, we fully expected that the petition would upset the status-quo and generate opposition from utilities that hold Florida’s energy consumers captive, so we are pleased the court has cleared the way for this initiative to go before the people” said Pamela Goodman, President, League of Women Voters of Florida. “We are encouraged that an issue like solar choice has strong bipartisan support and is bringing people together for the chance to give Floridians a voice and a choice on solar power.”

Florida is one of only four states where current law expressly denies citizens and businesses the freedom to buy power directly from someone other than a monopoly electric utility or government-owned electric utility.

“Solar energy is a powerhouse economic contributor in many other states, so we are thrilled that Florida may finally have a chance to catch up with the rest of the country,” said Mike Antheil, Executive Director, Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. “The solar industry in Florida is made up of small businesses, just like many other kinds of local contractors. We employ real Floridians and provide for real families. Solar energy is here to stay. Allowing consumers to choose solar power will create local jobs and keep our energy dollars right here in Florida.”

“This is a huge victory for the people and businesses of Florida who want to freely choose the companies that will provide them clean solar power in a cost effective manner,” said Dr. Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “The big monopoly utilities, led by Florida Power & Light (FPL), called in political favors from the Attorney General and other minions in an effort to block the free market and they failed. We fully expect more misleading attacks from the big electric utilities and their proxy front groups in their desperate attempt to limit customer choice. In America, we value competition and the freedom of choice. FPL and other electric utilities need to stop limiting our freedom in the Sunshine State.”

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Below, I’d like to share views of some faces of Floridians regarding Floridans For Solar Choice :

1. Raul


2. Supporters of Floridians For Solar Choice


3. Rev. Andy


4. Daisy Baez

But keep in mind that many more signatures are needed (683, 149 signatures in total are required and so far 183,000 have been confirmed and 100,00 are waiting verification…meaning more than 400,000 signatures are still needed before Feb. 1, 2016) before this proposed Florida state amendment can be placed on the 2016 Ballot. So, if you are in favor of this ballot initiative, please click on Floridians For Solar Choice and sign the petition.

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