KNOW YOUR VOTE: Amendment 1 on solar energy

Know your vote: Amendment 1

ST PETERSBURG — Amendment 1 is about solar energy, but it's pretty controversial. Its main funders are Florida's big power and energy companies. They've spent millions to promote it.

The Florida Solar Energy Industries Associations and Floridians for Solar Choice are now filing a suit with the state Supreme Court to have Amendment 1 taken off the ballot. This is due to the sponsors of the amendment's "attempt to deceive voters into supporting restrictions of the expansion of solar by shrouding Amendment 1 as a pro-solar amendment."

Right now, you have a right to own and use solar power equipment.

Passing Amendment 1 would put that right into the Florida Constitution.

Why is that necessary?

Opponents say it's not.

Here's the controversial part.

Passing Amendment 1 could eliminate incentives to go solar.

You could have to pay for access to the electric grid.

So, if you put panels on your home, or you have them already, you could be charged to use them.

Here's the bottom line: passing Amendment 1 could actually hurt the chances of the state using more solar power.

Supporters say this amendment will protect consumers.

A YES on Amendment 1 means if you go solar, you could end up paying more.

A NO on Amendment 1 means you still have your right to use solar power and it will probably cost less to do it.

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