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Solar groups to unite in support of Amendment 4

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A pair of groups pushing solar energy-related changes to the state constitution will collaborate on an effort to pass Amendment 4 on the August 2016 ballot.

Florida for Solar, Inc., spearheaded by Sen. Jeff Brandes, and Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs will combine forces in order to try to surpass the 60 percent threshold needed for a ballot amendment to take effect.

“The continued collaboration of these two groups will enhance public awareness and give us the positive enforcement needed to pass Amendment 4 in August of this year,” said Chris Spencer, who also works as a legislative aide to Brandes. “We are excited to enhance the future of solar in Florida and we need voters to support this positive and forward-thinking effort.”

Brandes also expressed optimism about the effort.

“Growing the solar market offers great opportunities for our economy,” said Brandes, a St. Pete Republican. “Floridians will have additional clean energy options, lower energy bills and lower taxes on this investment. We look forward to our partnership with Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs and other groups to help move us one step closer to better options for renewable energy equipment in the state.”

A spokesperson for Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs responded in kind.

“We are thrilled to be working with Senator Brandes and Florida for Solar to advance this important amendment that will lower energy costs and create new market opportunities for solar power in the Sunshine State,” said a spokesman. “I know this partnership, which has been cultivated for some time, brings the best chance of victory in August.”

The groups will unveil an online advocacy program in favor of Amendment 4 on July 1, about two months before the Aug. 30 vote.

Florida voters will also be voting in state and federal primary elections on the August ballot.

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