Though utilities dumped over 20 million dollars into the misleading solar amendment over 50% of voters got hussled into voting in it’s favor.
Today was truly a Solar Uprising. For the second time this year, Florida voters have seen the light – first by supporting Amendment 4 this summer lowing burdensome taxes on solar power and now by defeating the utility-backed attempt to choke off customer-owned solar with the deceptively-worded Amendment 1. The Sunshine State voters have spoken clearly: they want more solar friendly policies and the freedom to harness the sun’s power for the benefit of all Floridians and not just the monopoly utilities,” said Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy andboard member of Floridians for Solar Choice.
Thankfully many people realized the truth about the misleading amendment.
“Florida’s big power companies tried to pull a fast one on voters and trick them into amending our State Constitution to make it more costly to put solar on your roof. Thankfully, Florida citizens saw through this con job,” said Susan Glickman, Florida Director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund and a leader of the No on One campaign.
The referendum contained misleading language that confused Florida voters, with many people indicated they were in favor of the proposed amendment in the weeks leading up to the election. Support for a “yes” vote on the amendment was at about 66 percent in polls before the election.
But on Election Day, Floridians rejected the referendum, representing a huge turnaround for alternative energy activists.
The fight is not yet over though.
— Chuck Weber (@ChuckWeber12) November 15, 2016
Here’s the CBS 12 report on this utility backed push that may need to be defeated- again.