Let the pro-solar energy consumers beware. Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment, supported by some of Florida's major investor-owned electric utility companies, actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo.

Justice Barbara Pariente on the Amendment 1 Supreme Court ruling


Have you heard about Amendment 1? It’s bad for Florida’s environment and harmful to our families and future generations.

A wolf in sheep’s clothing, Amendment 1 is a slick, multi-million dollar campaign, sponsored by utility companies Duke Energy and Florida Power and Light. Their goal is to put policies into the state constitution that will limit Florida’s solar growth and increase our dependence on fossil fuels by giving utility companies the power to punish you with additional charges if you install solar at home and dismantling Florida’s net metering rule, which allows people who install solar to sell their excess energy back to the grid. Net metering is the key to the economics of increasing solar.

The Big Utilities want to block the sun and maintain their monopoly on Florida’s energy future.

Florida could be at the forefront of shaping a clean energy future. We have the potential to be among the top three solar-producing states in the country, yet Florida has been held back by the utilities that profit more from continuing our dependence on fossil fuels. While Florida policymakers have actively worked to stop the growth of the solar industry, Florida voters overwhelmingly support solar.

Amendment Language

TITLE: RIGHTS OF ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS REGARDING SOLAR ENERGY CHOICE

SUMMARY: 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 and electric grid access to those who do.

FCV

Pd. pol. adv. paid for by Florida Conservation Voters Solar Fund, 1700 N. Monroe St. #11-286, Tallahassee, FL 32303.