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UPDATE: Solar Choice is Protected, for Now

A very strong show of support for rooftop solar in Florida has helped to maintain the state’s net metering rule. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) decided not to act to change the rule at its September 17 workshop on Customer-Owned Renewable Generation. The workshop could have led to subsequent changes to the rule. Fortunately, the workshop ended with no move to change the Sunshine State’s cornerstone rule for solar development.


Thank you to the thousands of Floridians that filed comments with the PSC. Your voice made the difference. But, we must continue to remain vigilant.

Help protect Solar Choice in the Sunshine State!

In the midst of a global pandemic, an economic crisis, and an active hurricane season, we should not be making moves to roll back an important policy known as ‘net metering’ which enables solar owners to be fairly compensated for the extra energy they generate and provide to the electricity grid.

 

Solar has had enormous growth in Florida in the last four years due, in part, to policies like net metering that are beneficial for everyone regardless of how they utilize energy in their home or businesses. 

 

 Now is not the time to fix something that isn’t broken. 

 

We must ensure the Florida Public Service Commission knows Floridians want to protect good solar policies like net metering so we can choose how to power our homes and businesses. 

 
 

Floridians deserve

a fair choice

Florida is poised to become the Southeastern leader in solar energy—finally living up to its nickname The Sunshine State.

 

However, harnessing this cleaner, sustainable power source depends on maintaining fair and clear policies for how we power our homes and businesses. 

How we help

Floridians for Solar Choice is a broad grassroots coalition launched in 2015 to ensure Floridians have the right to power their homes and businesses with clean, affordable electricity by harnessing the power of the sun.

In 2020, Florida ranks #4 among states for producing electricity from the sun, employing over 12,000 people statewide in the solar installation and maintenance industry.

On the surface, it seems that the Sunshine State's future with homegrown clean solar energy looks bright. However...

 
Are there attempts to sabotage solar?

Solar Choice means customers should have the right to install rooftop solar on their homes and businesses and be compensated at a fair price for the extra power they provide to the electricity grid.

 

However, a utility front group and the Florida Public Service Commission may be quietly preparing to end net metering in the Sunshine State during a pandemic.


Net metering allows solar owners to earn money or credits for any excess solar energy their system produces, which leads to savings for the homeowner and helps make rooftop solar affordable for more families and businesses.

Rooftop solar in the crosshairs?

Florida's net metering policies currently allow solar customers to receive full, fair retail credit from their utility for the excess energy they produce and send along to the electricity grid. 

And it's not just solar owners who benefit. 

 

All electricity customers could see higher bills if net metering programs disappear, which would be yet another blow to our economy when we can least afford it.

 

 Floridians deserve better. 

What is net metering?
 
Winning the Right for Solar Choice

In 2015, when past legislative efforts to overcome barriers to solar were thwarted by large monopoly power companies in Florida, a broad grassroots coalition called Floridians for Solar Choice came together to try and give Floridians a voice and a choice on energy in the Sunshine State. The FSC coalition attempted to place a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot that would give Florida’s families and businesses the right to choose solar power.

Despite approval from the state Supreme Court, it became too costly to gather the signatures necessary for FSC's proposed amendment appear on the ballot so the coalition pivoted to address two other proposed amendments related to solar energy rights.

On the August 2016 primary ballot, Floridians overwhelmingly supported the legislative proposal known as Amendment 4, a bi-partisan proposal to remove the burdensome personal property tax and real estate taxes on solar energy. Supported by a broad coalition, Amendment 4 passed with more than 72% of the vote and was enacted into law in 2017 by the Florida Legislature.

And in November of 2016, Floridians rejected the utility-backed Amendment 1, which was a deceptive attempt to suppress solar. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente agreed with a diverse coalition of solar supporters who felt that Amendment 1 was “masquerading” as a pro-solar energy initiative but was really a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Our collective efforts in 2016 paid off, but we knew it was important to keep watching to safeguard solar policies in the Sunshine State.

What needs to be
done now 

It looks like solar net metering is safe for now.

 

A very strong show of support for rooftop solar in Florida has helped to maintain the state’s net metering rule. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) decided not to act to change the rule at its September 17 workshop on Customer-Owned Renewable Generation. The workshop could have led to subsequent changes to the rule. Fortunately, the workshop ended with no move to change the Sunshine State’s cornerstone rule for solar development.

If there's one thing we learned from our fight for solar rights back in 2015 & 2016, it's that we have the power to influence our energy choices when solar supporters like you join together!

 
Floridians for Solar Choice, Coalition Partners

350.org

All WoMen Rising

Audubon Society of the Everglades

Central Florida Solar Advocates

Christian Coalition of America

Clean Water Action

The Cleo Institute

The Climate Reality Project

Collier Citizens for Sustainability

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Conservatives for Energy Freedom

Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida

Earth Ethics, Inc.

Earthjustice

Ecology Party of Florida

Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (ECOMB)

Environmental Defense Fund

Environment Florida

Evangelical Environmental Network

Everglades Coalition

Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

Florida Retail Federation

Florida Solar Energy Industries Association

Florida Alliance for Retired Americans

Florida Green Chamber of Commerce

Florida Renewable Energy Association

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Assoc.

Florida Wildlife Federation

Friends of the Everglades

Green Party of Florida

Greenpeace USA

H & H Design and Construction Inc.

Hands Across the Sand

Hernando County Democratic Club

IDEAS for Us

Interfaith Justice League

League of Women Voters of Florida

Libertarian Party of Florida

Libertarian Party of Seminole County

Mosaic

National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, Inc.

Oceana

Organize Now

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Florida

Progress Florida

ReThink Energy Florida

Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida

Republican Liberty Caucus of Tampa Bay

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

SEIA

Sierra Club Florida

Solar Education Association of Florida Keys

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

South Florida Audubon Society

South Florida Wildlands Association

Space Coast Climate Change Initiative

Space Coast Progressive Alliance

Stewards Of Sustainability

Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light

Surfrider Foundation

The Tea Party Network

Tropical Audubon Society

Union of Concerned Scientists

Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida

U.S. Green Building Council North Florida Chapter

Venice Area Audubon Society

Women4Solar

WTEC

WISE – Women in Solar Energy

 
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