On August 30th 2016, Florida voters overwhelmingly embraced the passage of Amendment 4 with nearly 73% in support. Amendment 4’s original sponsor, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, has already filed legislation for Florida’s 2017 Legislative Session to implement the amendment which will give tax breaks to companies and homeowners that buy and install solar devices and equipment. Read more about this pro-solar policy here.
On November 8th 2016, Florida voters clearly rejected utility-backed Amendment 1 by a vote of 51% to 49% (all ballot measures must garner 60% support to pass in Florida). The Amendment was promoted by a group calling itself Consumers for Smart Solar and was an effort by Florida’s monopoly utilities to choke-off rooftop solar with more barriers and hurdles. Read more about this deceptive ballot here.