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Sunshine State Voters Reject Anti-Solar Amendment 1

Multi-partisan grassroots coalition successfully leads a solar uprising to defeat $26 million utility-backed deceptive ballot measure

Multi-partisan grassroots coalition successfully leads a solar uprising to defeat $26 million utility-backed deceptive ballot measure

Today Florida voters rejected Amendment 1 – the utility-backed proposal that sought to limit the growth of customer-owned solar power in the Sunshine State.

In a true David and Goliath battle, a diverse grassroots coalition of more than 200 organizations, solar companies, elected officials, and thousands of concerned citizens worked to defeat the deceptive utility-backed amendment. Amendment 1 opponents feel that a significant percentage of the 'yes' voters felt they were tricked once they understood the true nature of the ballot measure. Constitutional amendments in Florida require 60 percent support to pass.

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Floridians for Solar Choice Criticizes Consumers for Smart Solar for Continuing to Run Ads featuring Florida Professional Firefighters

In what can only be described as brazen disregard for anything that resembles the truth, Florida’s big monopoly utilities continue to run a deceptive ad on television networks around the state featuring a firefighter even after the Florida Professional Firefighters have withdraw their endorsement from Amendment 1.

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Florida Solar Tweet Chat on Amendment 1 Reaches 1.1 Million Accounts

Solar advocates from across the country joined forces with Women 4 Solar and Southeast Green for what's been described as the fastest hour on Twitter. Women 4 Solar founder, Raina Russo, who is well known in the national solar circles for hosting #SolarChat for several years, alognside of Beth Bond of Southeast Green, put together a tweet chat that inlcuded state and national leaders to discuss the reasons why Amendment 1 is so bad for Florida consumers who support solar. How many people in Florida support solar? Roughly 80% plus of Floridians support solar according to organizers fighting Amendment 1.

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Floridians Want More Solar in the Sunshine State- Vote NO on Amendment 1

Vote #NoOn1

In this tense election season, some of the important ballot measures happening in states and cities nationwide might not have made it onto your radar, but there are some important ones to watch. One of the biggest fights is taking place in Florida, where anti-solar utilities have proposed a very tricky and confusing measure called Amendment 1, which appears to be pro-solar but would actually make solar power more expensive and harder for average people to install on their homes or businesses.

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Florida Professional Firefighters’ Withdrawal of Support for Amendment 1

This evening Florida Professional Firefighters issued this statement withdrawing their endorsement of Amendment #1:

The Florida Professional Firefighters have withdrawn our endorsement of Constitutional Amendment #1, Rights of Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice. Our support for the initiative was solely based on the proposed constitutional protection of local government’s right to regulate the safety of solar energy production. We continue to believe that fair and reasonable safeguards are vital to firefighter safety during fire/rescue operations on properties with multiple electricity sources and particularly retrofitted alternative energy sources such as solar power. As a member-driven organization, our leadership has communicated with hundreds, if not thousands, of firefighters over the last few weeks regarding their concerns with Amendment 1 and the real firefighter safety issues related to solar energy systems. It is clear to the elected Executive Board of this organization that our membership would prefer to pursue any future firefighter safety regulations related to the still developing alternative energy industry through legislative or rulemaking action, as opposed to a constitutional amendment that many believe to be misleading. We have requested that Consumers for Smart Solar stop broadcasting advertisements featuring firefighters and/or the logo of the Florida Professional Firefighters.

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