Volunteer Training and Resources
Below you will find useful resources and learn about our volunteer system:
STEP 1. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER.
Volunteers are essential to placing Solar Choice on the ballot and over the past year, there’s been an overwhelming amount of support to expand rooftop solar in the Sunshine State! With 700,000 petitions needed to get solar on a ballot, each volunteer will play a huge role in bringing more solar to Florida which is why you are so important.
The easiest way to reach our goal is to spread the message and share the Solar Choice petition with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. We also welcome organizations, groups or even clubs to get involved and share the petition with your networks, together we can give Floridians and Voice and Choice on energy in the Sunshine State.
STEP 2. WATCH OUR Volunteer Training Video.
STEP 3. LOOK FOR YOUR PACKAGE IN THE MAIL.
If you recently signed up to volunteer, you’ll be receiving your first petition packet in the mail. Your packet will include:
- Petitions–The amount you receive is based upon your request when you signed up. Need more petitions? Email us to request more.
- Envelope to return signed petitions- We provide you with your first envelope to submit signed petitions to our Ft. Lauderdale office, but it’s important that you submit completed petitions on a regular basis. On the back of the envelope in your package, you’ll find a personalized volunteer number. REMEMBER THIS NUMBER, you’ll need to include it on our volunteer report slip each time you submit petitions to Ft. Lauderdale. The address is:
- 120 E Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 105 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
- Volunteer Report Slip– This is how we track all your hard work! We ask that you fill out a report slip with your name and volunteer number and clip it to the petitions each time you mail them in so we always have an accurate petition count. As we mentioned above, your information is on the return envelope in your package. Email us if don’t know your volunteer number.
- FSC Petitioning Script– Use this script when gathering petitions in your community to effectively collect petitions.
Worried about postage or need petitions right now? Find a Distribution Center near you that will mail in your signed petitions and supply you with blank ones.
STEP 4. DOWNLOAD OUR COMPLETE Volunteer Toolkit.
The toolkit includes everything you need to know about the ballot initiative, we have a breakdown of materials below:
- Solar Choice Fact Sheet: A one page fact sheet on the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative campaign.
- Signature Gathering Tips: Best practices for petitioning and taking care of the petitions.
- Palm Cards for August Primary Election: Help spread the word to VOTE YES on August 30, 2016. Hand these out to people who sign the petition to help spread the word.
- Addressing Frequently Asked Questions: A set of frequently asked questions with responses to help you feel more comfortable answering questions you may encounter.
- Power Purchase Agreement and the Florida Solar Ballot: A one pager goes into more detail about how the ballot initiative would greatly open up solar opportunities in the state.
STEP 5. GET OUT AND PETITION!
Set a goal; try to collect at least 25 petitions an hour. Remember, you don’t have to have a table or a booth to petition at community events, but it doesn’t hurt to contact the local event organizer before attending to see if one is available. We’ve found that petitioning on public sidewalks, near the entrances and exits of farmers markets, libraries and local events allows you to capture signatures since you’re not confined to a table. Just make sure you have:
–FSC branding materials: Download and print FSC Posters
STEP 6. DOUBLE CHECK ALL PETITIONS ARE FILLED OUT CORRECTLY.
As a petition gatherer, it’s important to help walk the signers through the process to ensure their petitions are accepted by the election offices, refer to the guide below to guarantee valid petitions:
STEP 7. FOLLOW LEGISLATION IN TALLAHASSEE.
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR SOLAR IN THE FLORIDA AUGUST PRIMARY
Keep an eye out for Amendment 4 on August 30, and VOTE YES!
Help us educate Floridians on the Solar Tax Abatement Amendment.
This initiative would remove a barrier to solar by exempting the panels and other solar equipment from the real property tax and the onerous tangible property tax–currently huge barriers to solar in Florida. This policy will lower the cost of solar, increase clean energy jobs, and greatly expand solar development across the state!
*While you’re out petitioning, help spread the message by using the following resources:
Vote 4 Solar Palm Cards: Download and print these palm cards to pass out to folks while you’re petitioning. These palm cards are great to give people as a reminder on how to vote for the upcoming elections.
“Pledge to vote YES for solar” sign-up sheet: Bring this page with you to events so you can have folks commit to voting on August 30. This sheet captures their contact information so we can remind people to vote in the weeks leading up to the election. Email filled out copies of the sheet to email@example.com.
- Mark your calendar for the August election – use this link to put a reminder in your calendar for the election
- RSVP to vote “YES” for solar on Facebook – then share this page with your family and friends so they can save the date
There were a few bi-partisan solar policies on the table this session we’ve been tracking and we hope you’ll follow along.
Solar Tax Abatement Bills
SJR 170: Renewable Energy Source Device – by Brandes
CS/SB 172: Renewable Energy Source Devices – by Brandes
HJR 193: Renewable Energy Source Devices & Components/Exemption from Certain Taxation & Assessment – by Rodrigues, R.; Berman
HB 195: Renewable Energy Source Devices – by Rodrigues, R.; Berman
Third Party Sales
SB 1328: Energy Policy – by Altman
HB 687: Energy Policy – by Costello; Rehwinkel Vasilinda
FlaSEIA (one of the founding coalition members) is leading an effort to increase the Notice of Commencement threshold which would help cut red tape and expenses for small solar contractors. You can learn more about this from FlaSEIA here.
Interested in hosting your own Solar Signature Party? Find out how.
Need more guidance? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.