The utilities’ point that large, fixed costs remain as more people opt for solar is plausible. Yet solar-power generation independent of the utilities would shrink their market share and profits.
Back in 1980 the Florida Legislature passed a law that stated “no governing body may adopt an ordinance which prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources.” Thus, for more than 35 years the state of Florida has blocked the government — and even homeowners associations, as the law has evolved — from interfering in its citizens’ ability to trap sunlight to power their homes or businesses.
You’d never know this, however, from reading Amendment 1, the solar-related ballot measure that voters will decide on Nov. 8. According to its summary, the constitutional revision “establishes a right under Florida’s constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use.” [click t read full article]