Amendment 1 Allows Utility Companies To Control Solar Industry

Vote NO on Amendment 1
Vote NO on Amendment 1

SEBASTIAN – The solar initiative known as Amendment 1 was designed to trick voters and give power to the utility companies. Conservatives and Liberals oppose it, and now consumer groups are opposed.

The truth is, you don’t need permission from the utility company or from the government to harness solar power. It’s completely free.

This amendment was written and financed by the utility companies.

Some people have reduced their electric bill by 50 percent. It’s called a grid-tied, 2.6-kilowatt photo voltaic system that equips solar hot water. And those with electric cars are getting free energy from solar.

These technologies threaten the utility companies, and they want a piece of Florida’s renewable energy.

Voting for Amendment 1 opens the door for utility companies to impose fines, fees, and limitations on homeowners who install solar panels. Some fear that power companies could increase nighttime electric rates when people harness renewable energy from the sun.

Some people label Amendment 1 as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” They believe it’s created to protect Florida’s electric companies and a continuation of their monopoly with energy.

People already have the right to buy solar panels and generate their electricity. The Amendment will make it difficult to bring good solar policy to Florida.

Most groups urge voters to vote NO on Amendment 1.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.