Here is what local news organization TCPalm had to say about the defeat of Amendment 1 on the ballot:
n a major blow to Florida’s largest investor-owned utilities, voters defeated the supposed “Smart Solar” amendment, Amendment 1, in Tuesday’s election. While the ballot measure, which had been denounced by a broad, bi-partisan coalition of solar advocates, actually got 51 percent of the vote, it needed 60 percent to become law.
The measure would have explicitly established the right for Floridians to own rooftop solar systems, but also would have given state and local governments the right to “protect consumers” by prohibiting those who don’t use solar from subsidizing those who do. Critics said that could have led to fees and other penalties levied on those who own solar systems.
Florida still lags cloudier states such as Massachusetts and New Jersey in terms of power produced by solar. It ranks third in the nation in terms of rooftop potential, but is only 17th in capacity. Utilities could come back with other proposals to limit the spread of rooftop solar, but for the moment, with Amendment 1 defeated, solar has a clear path to expansion in the Sunshine State.