Remember in August to vote yes on Amendment 4, which was unanimously supported by the Legislature and will exempt renewable energy devices from several burdensome taxes for a 20-year period.

For instance, it will exempt solar systems from the tangible personal property tax which can add as much as 5 cents per kilowatt-hour to the cost of solar power. That added cost can destroy the economics of going solar. Meanwhile, we should make it easier — not costlier — for families and businesses to take advantage of the sun’s abundant energy.


Developing solar power is important for Florida’s economy because it can create local jobs throughout the state, protect against rising power bills low and keep our energy dollars at home working in our communities. Florida currently sends billions of dollars for fuels from out-of-state like coal and natural gas. Much of this could be diverted to support local jobs and businesses by taking advantage of the free energy from the sun. Florida ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, yet ranks fourteenth nationally in installed solar. Enacting favorable solar policies, such as the tax abatement offered by Amendment 4, could help Florida catch up to other states that are already creating jobs in the solar industry and generating millions of dollars in economic development.


The passage of Amendment 4 would not just support Florida’s economy but also its environment. Solar generates electricity without creating pollution or consuming water, like power plants do. Developing more solar power will help us to pass a clean and healthy environment on to future generations.


  • The Legislature: The Legislature voted unanimously yes to put the amendment on the ballot
  • Newspaper editorial boards: The Tampa Bay Times, the Tallahassee Democrat, the Bradenton Herald, and Tampa Tribune all encourage yes votes on Amendment 4
  • Civic, business, faith, political, and environmental groups: Florida Retail Federation, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Christian Coalition of Florida, League of Women Voters of Florida, Everglades Coalition, Florida AFL-CIO, Florida Wildlife Federation, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Conservatives for Energy Freedom, The Nature Conservancy, and others.
  • Local government: Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County, the City of Boynton Beach, and the City of Marathon have proclaimed support for Amendment 4.

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