Solar Series, Election 2016 Edition: Ballot Measures That Impact Adoption

Solar Series, Election 2016 Edition: Ballot Measures That Impact Adoption


The Presidential election receives the lion’s share of the media’s attention, but residents in multiple states will also be voting for the future of their respective solar markets via ballot questions.

TecHome Builder’s weekly solar series takes it state-by-state to provide you with a better grasp on today’s solar market, including current laws and advice from builders on how to overcome challenges.

Today’s special election edition focuses on proposed solar initiatives from primary season and actual ballot measures that Americans across the country are voting on. 

Each of these solar ballot measures represents either a change to existing law or an introduction of a new solar law. Massachusetts, Nevada and Florida all made this year’s list.

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Floridians will be voting on Amendment One and Four today.
Floridians will be voting on Amendment One and Four today.

Florida Ballot Measure: Amendment One and Four


Two major solar ballot measures will be decided in Florida today—Amendment One and Amendment Four.

Amendment One changes the state’s constitution to give residents the right to own or lease solar equipment for personal use. The measure also provides the option to abstain from subsidization if your home does not use the technology.

Amendment Four supports tax exemptions for solar power and other renewable energy equipment included in the home, commercial or industrial property.

A “Yes” vote on question one mandates that solar users pay a special fee for grid-access. It also opens the conversation among utilities and state leaders on the rate of tax exemptions and on utility-related actions such as net-metering. A “Yes” vote on question four introduces tax breaks for properties that rely on solar power.

A “No” vote on questions one and four will keep the current law as it stands, introducing no new tax exemptions or initiatives for solar.

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About The Author

Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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