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Email insights: Floridians throw shade on “shady” solar amendment

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A new email has Floridians throwing a lot of shade on the “shady” solar energy amendment.

Consumers for Smart Solar announced a recent poll showing Florida voters have clearly rejected the solar energy constitutional amendment offered by Floridians for Solar Choice for the 2016 ballot.

Floridians, the group says, are refusing to be blinded by the “shady” amendment promoted by the out-of-state solar industry.

According to Smart Solar spokeswoman Sarah Bascom, only 47 percent of Florida voters support the “Shady Solar Amendment” from Solar Choice — well below the 60 percent needed for the measure to pass.

Bascom said the poll, commissioned by Solar Choice itself, proves a “tacit concession” that the flawed amendment would ultimately fail on Election Day.

“Bottom line,” she said, “Florida voters are already seeing through the smokescreen that Floridians for Solar Choice has created with its intentionally confusing and convoluted ballot language.”

On the other hand, another independent survey shows the popularity of the Smart Solar Amendment, which garners wide approval  – 66 percent – more than enough to pass; just 22 percent oppose it.

In the same Mason-Dixon poll, only 30 percent of Florida voters supported the Solar Choice amendment, with 45 percent against it.

Consumers for Smart Solar is a bipartisan coalition of diverse businesses, civic and faith leaders that seeks to establish the right for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property for generating electricity for personal use.

The polling proves one thing: Shade from voters is probably the worst thing to give a solar energy proposal.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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