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Consumers for Smart Solar launches ‘consumer-friendly’ solar ballot initiative for 2016

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Consumers for Smart Solar — a bipartisan coalition of business, civic and faith leaders— launched a campaign to place its new Smart Solar Amendment on the 2016 General Election ballot. The Smart Solar Amendment is what supporters call a “consumer-friendly alternative” to a similar amendment proposed by Floridians for Solar Choice. While both amendments seek to give greater access to solar energy, the Smart Solar Amendment allows state and local authorities to enact commonsense consumer protection rules. The measure also…

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‘Sunshine State’ or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

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17Residents of the Sunshine State are finding that harnessing Florida’s abundant solar power is no simple task. With its bounty of sunny days, Florida ranks third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated, according to industry estimates. The industry views Florida as a sleeping giant that could rival California in solar potential, but renewable energy experts say the state lags behind because old laws favor utilities over private enterprise. “The…

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