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Don't be fooled by utility-backed solar Amendment 1, says Paula Dockery

Don't be fooled by utility-backed solar Amendment 1, says Paula Dockery

Polls consistently show the overwhelming majority of Floridians have a positive view of solar energy; yet the Sunshine State lags many states in solar power.

One obstacle has been the Florida Legislature's reluctance to buck utilities by supporting policies that expand solar-generating opportunities for small businesses or that reduce costs for residential use.

The large power companies don't want to lose market share. That's understandable. They count on customers — ratepayers — to grow their profits. They have to keep their shareholders happy. Nothing wrong with that.

But consumers deserve a choice. Many look at solar power as an environmentally friendly...

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