Melbourne, FL – January 26, 2014 – At Lifestyle Homes, we think it’s high time that government at all levels decides to get behind solar power as the ready-right-now way to attack our country’s energy crisis. We know what can be done, because we are doing it. Everything we learned about how to advance solar power on our guaranteed HERS 60 SunSmart(SM) and remarkable SunSmartPV(SM) homes, which can generate as much electricity in a year’s time as they consume, we learned from our Building Science friends at the Florida Solar Energy Center in nearby Cocoa. Turns out, a lot of what our other friends at the U.S. Department of Energy know about how to use solar power, they also learned from the cutting edge work being done at FSEC.
It would be hard to find a better example of everyone working together to solve a problem than the partnership between DOE, FSEC and LifeStyle Homes. And, don’t forget to include the University of Central Florida in the mix, UCF is the parent of FSEC. Truly, government, education and private enterprise can accomplish miracles if everyone involves see a benefit to their organization coming from lending their total support.
It is in that exact spirit that we have been developing a strong partnership with SolarCity, the nation’s leading provider of leased photovoltaic generating systems for homeowners. We have thoroughly vetted the SolarCity business model and the company itself. We are completely comfortable associating LifeStyle Homes with SolarCity, because we know leasing solar power can offer important financial advantages to homeowners; particularly younger families and seniors.
So, then we learn this week that local taxing authorities in Florida have decided the value of these vital PV systems offers tantalizing opportunities to raise tax revenue by taxing them as tangible personal property. OK, so all counties, cities and towns in Florida need more money to run themselves. That is in the nature of how they operate. But acting to slow the deployment of proven systems which can solve the nation’s energy problems so that local governments can grow some more is not a good example of working together.
Our friends at SolarCity will be working hard in the coming months to head this off. You can be we will be doing our best to help them. But for now, Deep Throat’s advice during Watergate holds true. “Follow the money,” and you will find the answer, even if it isn’t the one you want.
C-mon guys! Let’s get together and fix this!