This is an urgent message that we hope people who support solar and the solar industry will take seriously.
There are over 12,000 Floridian home owners and businesses who were eligible to receive rebates for putting in solar energy systems between 2006-2010 who have not been paid the full amount of their rebate. The lack of funding came at hard times in the Florida budget when schools and public safety budgets were looking to be cut as well.
It was the opinion of our previous legislature that they could not justify keeping the promise to these Florida home owners and businesses to pay rebates. All 12,000 plus of these applicants have been deemed eligible and have been paid a portion, roughly 50% of the amount owed to them. Now there are two bills in the Florida Senate and House to pay the balance.
Some people are owed around $250.00 others upwards of $10,000.00 and even some businesses that are owed upwards of $50,000.00.
These early adopters have helped drive the costs of solar energy down by over 50% in the past 6 years. They proved that jobs could be created through small customer owned solar energy systems. They helped to prove that by reducing demand on power plants we can preserve Florida’s environment and helped move the public service commission in creating a rebate program through our public utility system, a program where applicants are paid 100% of their rebate within 60 days of completion.
Pressure from the American public on our legislators and big business is working. Your voice can make a difference. Look at what happened with Bank of America’s $5 customer charge. Occupy Wall Street has gotten national attention for their message. The Internet regulation bill known a SOPA was killed when Google, Facebook and Wikipedia mobilized their users. The voice of a single person is turning into many and change is occurring.
Please help support these Floridians by sending this email to your state representative.
Subject: Please support HB1283 & SB1864, Floridians Deserve their Rebate
“To my Honorable State Representative,
Please offer your support for HB1283 & SB1864, bills that authorize the State of Florida to pay eligible Floridians their deserved rebates. I believe Florida should be pushing in every way to grow a cleaner and more renewable energy portfolio and that includes supporting Floridians who invested in solar energy under the State Rebate Program.”
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These are the State Representatives who have written or Co-Sponsored these Bills on behalf of the people of Florida waiting for their rebates: