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Best solar charade: CONSUMERS FOR SMART SOLAR (AMENDMENT 1)

Best solar charade

At the state level, the discourse over how to make solar power a thing (in the Sunshine State, fer chrissakes!) is much more convoluted than it needs to be. And it’s by design. You may think that this fall’s proposed state constitutional amendment is an effort to make solar more accessible and affordable to consumers, but it does neither. Backed by utilities, the amendment actually embeds the status quo into the constitution. That status quo: that huge power companies are the only ones who can sell or buy power, meaning that you have to sell solar power you generate back to them instead of selling to, say, a tenant. Power companies are then also in control of who sets rates. Yet in the lead-up to November, there will definitely be a glossy ad campaign, brought to you by utilities and other interests who are spending upwards of $20 million to get the thing passed. —KB