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Florida Is About to Vote On Who Controls Its Solar Power

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The first amendment on the state ballot would establish a consumers' rights to own or lease solar panels on their property to generate electricity for their own use. This sounds like a good thing on the surface, but green energy advocates have largely opposed this amendment. They say some of the language actually restricts consumers' ability to use solar panels, and allows power companies to charge solar customers fees to subsidize the rest of the power grid for non-solar users.

The ballot amendment comes as states are grappling with how to regulate solar energy. Some states, like California, are pushing for large-scale integration of solar electricity as a way to fight climate change. Others are worried about what solar power means for their traditional fossil fuel-driven electricity industries.

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Comment by Matt Schnackenberg
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That spammer seems to be a shill for the Yes on 1 crowd. There is a reason that the Libertarian Party of Florida and numerous others are against Amendment 1. It is funded by the big power corporations and it aims to reduce individual freedoms for solar usage. Vote NO on 1.

Comment by Michael Waite
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Here is the Actual Florida Solar Amendment #1 Language: Please Vote YES. REFERENCE: Adds Section 29 to Article X as follows BALLOT LANGUAGE: “This amendment establishes a right under Florida’s Constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power (meaning Big Power Companies) and electric grid access to those who do.” “Yes On 1 For The Sun,” touting that passage of the Amendment fosters citizens’ rights and protections while increasing solar energy.

Comment by Michael Waite
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This Article is a Total Lie. Double speak. Big Utility Companies are Freaking out and are trying to Tax Solar use out of Business so they can retain their Monopolies. They want you to Vote No. If the Solar Amendment #1, by Voting YES on the ballot and is approved in November 2016, it would allow companies to install solar panels on homes and businesses and sell that energy without being treated as a utility by state and local regulators which would also not be taxed like a Utility Company. Another words The Sun is Free and citizens using Solar will NOT be forced to pay utility taxes on the Free SUN. VOTE Yes on #1 for FREEDOM From Utility Taxes. Supporters Voting YES, argue that it will drive down the cost of electricity and open up the market to competition for utility companies. This article is a Lie. So Vote Yes on FL Solar Amendment #1 to keep Solar Free and available for everyone. Plus it helps keep the environment Cleaner and Safer.

Comment by Michael Waite
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This Article is a total Lie. Double speak. Big Utility Companies are Freaking out and are trying to Tax Solar use, out of Business so they can retain their Monopolies. They want you to Vote No. If the Solar Amendment #1, by Voting YES on the ballot and is approved in November 2016, it would allow companies to install solar panels on homes and businesses and sell that energy without being treated as a utility by state and local regulators which would also not be taxed like a Utility Company. Another words The Sun is Free and citizens using Solar will NOT be forced to pay utility taxes on the Free SUN. VOTE Yes on #1 for FREEDOM From Utility Taxes. Supporters Voting YES, argue that it will drive down the cost of electricity and open up the market to competition for utility companies. This article is a Lie. So Vote Yes on FL Solar Amendment #1 to keep Solar Free and available for everyone. Plus it helps keep the environment Cleaner and Safer.


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