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.